Giants vs. Cubs: Cubs Walk Off On Giants Again, Win 5-2 In 13 innings

The San Francisco Giants are in the Windy City to take on the Chicago Cubs for a four game set. Follow this StoryStream from all the news, previews, updates, and recaps that you need for the series. For more on the Giants, head on over to McCovey Chronicles.

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Giants vs. Cubs: Geovany Soto Homer in 13th Drops Giants 5-2

As if there wasn't enough baseball played at Wrigley Field over the past three days the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs took Thursday's game to the 13th inning, after the Giants had the lead and the Cubbies down to their last strike not once, but twice. And it was Geovany Soto's three run homer that eventually sealed the G-Men's fate, falling by a score of 5-2.

The Giants had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Miguel Tejada in the second. Yesterday's hero Aramis Ramirez stole the show once again as he homered off of Brian Wilson with two strikes and two outs, tying the game and ensuring the third blown save for Wilson this season. The Giants offense went 10 1/3 innings without getting a hit until Pablo Sandoval launched his first home run since returning from the DL, only to watch Ramon Ramirez (L 2-1) give it away in the 13th with an RBI single from Darwin Barney and the aforementioned Soto home run. It marks the second walk-off loss to the Cubs for San Francisco in as many days, and a series tie with Chicago during the four game set. John Grabow earned his first win of the year for the Cubbies. 

Matt Cain pitched well to begin the game, tossing seven full innings of scoreless ball with only four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Cain notched his 1,000th career strikeout against Koyie Hill in the fifth, joining Tim Lincecum, Jason Schmidt, Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal as the only San Francisco Giants to reach this epic milestone. 

It'd be easy to point the finger of blame at Wilson or Ramirez, but the Giants made some critical errors as a team, like leaving the bases loaded in the 12th. It was a team loss that will certainly sting as it was a game the Giants should have won on two separate occasions this afternoon.

With the loss the Giants move to 46-36 on the year, they are 7-5 in extra inning games for the season.Full box score can be found here

The Giants will now head to Detroit to take on the Tigers in another interleague matchup, with Madison Bumgarner (4-9 3.84 ERA) set to take on ex-Giant Brad Penny (5-6 4.66 ERA) at Comerica Park. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Cubs, Starting Lineups: Aubrey Huff Gets a Day, Pablo Moves Over to First Base

The San Francisco Giants lost a heartbreaker Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs, and now turn their focus to Thursday's match with Carlos Zambrano, looking to avoid a series split at Wrigley Field. 

Matt Cain (7-4 3.22 ERA) will be on the mound today for the Black and Orange, who is coming off seven inning shutout performance against the Indians, holding them to only four hits will fanning six. Cain didn't pitch in the team's last visit to Wrigley in May, but has a 1-1 record all time in four career starts, sporting a tidy 2.19 ERA. 

The Giants will give Aubrey Huff the day off today, he played every second of the first game games (including the double header) and could use a little rest. Pablo Sandoval will move over to first, Miguel Tejada will play third while Brandon Crawford will be back at shortstop. Emmanuel Burriss earned himself another start after his game-tying hit in the ninth Wednesday, as did Pat Burrell for starting the rally in the ninth. He'll be in left field, batting clean-up. 

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Andres Torres (S) CF
  2. Emmanuel Burriss (S) 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 1B
  4. Pat Burrell (R) LF
  5. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
  6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
  7. Miguel Tejada (R) 3B
  8. Eli Whiteside (R) C
  9. Matt Cain (R) P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

 

  1. Kosuke Fukudome (L) RF
  2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
  3. Starlin Castro (R) SS
  4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
  5. Carlos Pena (L) 1B
  6. Blake DeWitt (L) LF
  7. Tony Campana (L) CF
  8. Koyie Hill (S) C
  9. Carlos Zambrano (S) P

 

First pitch is set for 11:20 a.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Cubs, MLB Scores: Cubs Walk Off On Giants 2-1 Despite Dominant Night From Lincecum

After an out of the ordinary offensive showcase for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, it was back to reality Wednesday as Tim Lincecum and the CubsRyan Dempster were locked into a scoreless pitcher’s duel for seven full innings. But the Cubbies finally came through, and eventually walked off with an Aramis Ramirez single in the bottom of the ninth, earning a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field.

Lincecum pitched seven full innings, allowing only five hits and one earned run, a Blake Dewitt RBI single in the seventh. Timmy gave up two walks while fanning nine during his outing, but had 113 pitches, causing him to come out earlier than he likely could have lasted. But the struggles the Freak had earlier in June seem to be long gone by now.

Ryan Dempster was dealing as well, throwing only 83 pitches in his eight innings of work, a breath of fresh air for the Cubs after their bullpen heavy games on Tuesday. Dempster allowed only three hits with six strikeouts, and didn’t walk a single batter.

The Giants weren’t going down without a fight though as Pat Burrell hit a leadoff double to begin the top of the ninth. Emmanuel Burriss plated him with an RBI single to tie the game, then loaded the bases with an Aubrey Huff single and a walk to Pablo Sandoval. Cody Ross hit into a double play to end the rally.

Sergio Romo (L 3-1) took his first loss of the year with his work in the ninth, while Carlos Marmol (W 2-2) took the win for the Cubs.

With the loss the Giants move to 46-35 on the year, effectively ending their season-high seven game win streak. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will finish up their series with the Cubbies Thursday as Matt Cain (7-4 3.22 ERA) takes the mound to face Carlos Zambrano (6-4 4.38 ERA) for Chicago. First pitch is at 11:20 a.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs, Starting Lineups: Chris Stewart Filling in Nicely Behind the Dish

What can fans of the San Francisco Giants expect after their 30 hit, 19 run day at Wrigley Tuesday? Probably a low scoring pitcher’s duel….

Chris Stewart will be back behind the dish to catch Timmy this evening, and after their last outing together against the Twins I quickly lost my last shred of doubt that Timmy would need more time to adjust to life without Buster. He doesn’t brign the pop with his bat like Buster, but he’s caught 63% of base stealers so far as a Giant, and play’s great defense. Not too shabby.

As for the rest of the lineup, Emmanuel Burriss gets the start at second today while Miguel Tejada will start at shortstop. Nate Schierholtz will be in right field, Cody Ross in left, and Andres Torres in center, leading off.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Miguel Tejada SS
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Tim Lincecum P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

1. Kosuke Fukudome RF
2. Darwin Barney 2B
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Carlos Pena 1B
5. Blake DeWitt 3B
6. Alfonso Soriano LF
7. Reed Johnson CF
8. Geovany Soto C
9. Ryan Dempster P

First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs Preview: Giants Turn to Tim Lincecum For Eighth Straight Win

It was a long, onerous day for both the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs Tuesday, although the 19 total runs and two wins the G-Men put up certainly made it a bit better. Now they'll send out ace Tim Lincecum to try and record the eighth straight win for San Francisco against a Cubs team that all but depleted their bullpen during the double-header.

Lincecum (6-6 3.16 ERA) was absolutely lights out in his last outing of seven shutout innings against the Twins, striking out 12 along the way. Lincecum is 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA in seven career starts against the Cubs, and has a three consecutive quality start streak going as well, something he can hopefully continue and save as much of the bullpen as possible. 

Facing Timmy today will be Ryan Dempster (5-6 5.31 ERA) who not only has to battle the Freak, but also battle to stay in the game to help out his shorthanded 'pen. Dempster is 5-8 with a 4.65 ERA in 24 games (14 starts) against San Francisco, while the Cubbies have won three of his last four starts, and seven of the last nine.

In other news Bruce Bochy named Cubs skipper Mike Quade to the All-Star squad to replace Jim Riggleman, who recently stepped down as manager of the Nationals.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM. 

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Giants vs. Cubs, MLB Scores: Barry Zito Shines, Giants Win Game Two 6-3

After setting new season highs for hits and runs scored during the first half of their double-header at Wrigley Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants would have to really push to top themselves in the second match. And even though it wasn’t another slugfest the Giants managed to sweep the double dip behind Barry Zito’s great start, eventually winning by a score of 6-3.

Zito (W 1-1) earned his first win of the year, extending the Giants winning streak to a season-high seven games. He lasted for seven full innings allowing only two runs on four hits, with two walks and three punch outs. Zito threw 108 pitches on the night, working his way out of james in the third and fifth innings.

As for the offense the youngsters took note of what the vets did in the morning game, and picked up where they left off. Nate Schierholtz started it off with a RBI single in the second, then did it again in the fifth. Pablo Sandoval had a sacrifice fly, Brandon Crawford had a two RBI double, while Eli Whiteside had an RBI single in his return to the lineup after some leg soreness.

With the win the Giants move to 46-34 on the year. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants continue their series with the Cubs tomorrow as Tim Lincecum (6-6 3.16 ERA) takes on Ryan Dempster (5-6 5.31 ERA) for the Cubs. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs, Starting Lineups: Lineups for Second Game of Double-Header at Wrigley

After the San Francisco Giants’ lumber opened up 13 runs against the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the double-header, Barry Zito must be keeping his fingers crossed that the team isn’t already out of bullets before the second half of the double dip.

Pablo Sandoval, Aubrey Huff and Cody Ross are the only players that started the first game that will start the second, with Cody moving over to left field. Andres Torres will lead off, Emmanuel Burriss will start at second, while Brandon Crawford will be at shortstop. Eli Whiteside will get his first start in the last five games due to leg soreness to catch Zito in his first big league start since the middle of April.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Eli Whiteside C
9. Barry Zito P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

1. Reed Johnson CF
2. Starlin Castro SS
3. Aramis Ramirez 3B
4. Carlos Pena 1B
5. Geovany Soto C
6. Jeff Baker 2B
7. Alfonso Soriano LF
8. Lou Montanez RF
9. Rodrigo Lopez P

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT and can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs, MLB Scores: Giants Offense Explodes in 13-7 Victory over Cubs

Coming into the first half of Tuesday’s double-header with the Chicago Cubs the San Francisco Giants were at the bottom of the barrel in the league for scoring runs, averaging about 3.5 a game. But the Giants’ offensive monster awoke this afternoon at Wrigley in a big way, taking game one by a score of 13-7.

The G-Men had 18 hits on the day, including homer runs from Pat Burrell, his seventh of the year, and Miguel Tejada, his second of the year and first since opening day at AT&T Park. Every starter got a hit for San Francisco, lead by Pat Burrell’s 3-5 with 3 RBI and Aaron Rowand’s 2-5 day also with 3 RBI. Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with an RBI, Chris Stewart was 2-4 with an RBI while Aubrey Huff was 1-4 with 2 RBI.

The Giants haven’t scored more that 6 runs all year at AT&T Park.

As for Ryan Vogelsong (W 6-1), who was looking to extend his streak of two or less earned runs to 10 games, lasted for only five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, along with four walks and six strikeouts. Although he couldn’t keep his streak intact, he still got the win for the Giants, which I’m sure is much more important to him.

The Giants light up the Cubs Doug Davis (L 1-7) for 10 earned runs in only four and 1/3 innings on 12 hits, including six runs in the first three innings. Carlos Pena hit his third home run in the last two days for Chicago, taking his total up to 17 after a slow start to the season, while Blake DeWitt went 2-4 with three RBI.

With the win the Giants move to 45-34 on the year. Full box score can be found here

The G-Men will have the second half of the double-header at 5:05 PT this evening with Barry Zito making his return to the team to take on Rodrigo Lopez for the Cubbies. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs, Starting Lineups: Giants Use Veteran Core for First Game of Double-Header

Skipper Bruce Bochy has to be very selective with his lineup choices Tuesday as he’s got two separate lineup cards to fill out for the day. He has decided to go with his veteran core for the opener of the double-header, saving most of his younger legs for the second game this afternoon.

Aaron Rowand will lead off and start in center, Miguel Tejada will play at short and bat second. Bill Hall gets the start at second base, batting seventh, while Pat Burrell gets the start in left field, batting sixth.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Aaron Rowand CF
2. Miguel Tejada SS
3. Aubrey Huff 1B
4. Cody Ross RF
5. Pablo Sandoval 3B
6. Pat Burrell LF
7. Bill Hall 2B
8. Chris Stewart C
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Chicago Cubs:

1. Kosuke Fukudome RF
2. Tony Campana CF
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Carlos Pena 1B
6. Alfonso Soriano LF
7. Blake DeWitt 2B
8. Koyie Hill C
9. Doug Davis P

First pitch is set for 11:20 a.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants vs. Cubs, Preview: Double-Header Leads Off Series at Wrigley

Thanks to some very nasty Chicago weather during the middle of May the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs are set to play a double-header a Wrigley Field, the first double dip played by the Giants since 2009.

Both teams made some slight adjustments to their rotations to make today work as the Giants will send out Ryan Vogelsong for the first game, Barry Zito’s injury replacement, and Barry Zito himself, making his first start since inuring his ankle in April.

Interestingly enough Vogelsong has been dominant since getting his big league opportunity, joining Derek Lowe and Carlos Zambrano as the last pitchers to go 9 straight starts with allowing two runs or fewer. He needs only seven 1/3 more innings to meet the minimum inning requirement for NL leaders in ERA, currently sitting at 1.86, the best mark in the majors in front of Jair Jurrjens and Josh Beckett.

On the other side of the bill we have Zito, who gave Vogelsong this opportunity to shine with his unfortunate injury. Zito was sporting an ERA over 6 at that point in the season and needed time off not only to rehab, but to find the joy in the game once again. In his last outing for AAA Fresno Zito toss a two-hit complete game shutout, with skipper Steve Decker remarking on his 12-6 curveball as being on point once again.

First pitches start at 11:20 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. PT. Both can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Pad Lead in NL West with Winning Streak

Just a week ago it was looking like the Arizona Diamondbacks were really starting to put it all together and play some great baseball, leap frogging the 2010 champs for the top spot in the NL West. But what a difference a week makes, as the San Francisco Giants popped off for a five game winning streak to take back the division lead as they head to Wrigley to take on the Cubs

The D'backs are losers of their last three, dropping to 43-37 on the year and two full games behind the Giants. Colorado is currently on a three game streak of their own, but still sit 6 games back and are looking to make up ground. The Dodgers spanked the Twins on Monday 15-0, but remain eight games under .500 and 9 games behind the Giants. The Padres have taken their last two games against the Royals at Petco, but are 10 games under .500 and 10 games back in the division. 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 44 34 .564 0 Won 5
Arizona 43 37 .537 2 Lost 3
Colorado 38 40 .487 6 Lost 3
Los Angeles 36 44 .450 9 Won 2
San Diego 35 45 .437 10 Won 2

(updated 6.28.2011 at 9:55 AM PDT)


 

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Giants vs. Cubs, Series Preview: Giants Look to Keep it Rolling at Wrigley

The San Francisco Giants have been getting hot as of late, but not due to any extraordinary offensive performances. In true Giants fashion it's been the pitching staff carrying the load, and now they carry the team in to Wrigley field to play four games in three days against the Chicago Cubs. 

The Giants are 29-18 since May 1, the third best record during that span. But they still are the lowest scoring team in baseball, an unbelievable contradiction that gives opposing teams fits, but keeps the G-Men on their toes, knowing that every game will be a grind. They also hold the best one-run winning record in baseball at 22-11, something that will likely come in handy during this series. 

The Cubs aren't an incredibly overpowering offensive team either, currently 16th in MLB in runs scored. But they're getting healthy again as Reed Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker and Matt Garza have all returned from the DL this month, though they still have four more currently sitting there, including rookie Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd

The Giants and Cubs begin the series with a double-header Tuesday, the first time San Francisco has played a double dipper since June of 2009, and the against the Cubs since 1999. They'll be making up a rain out at Wrigley May 15th. It will also mark the return of Barry Zito from the DL, his frist start with the Giants since early April. He'll pitch the second game Tuesday against Rodrigo Lopez. 


Current Series

4 game series vs Cubs @ Wrigley Field

San Francisco Giants
@ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011, 11:20 AM PDT
Wrigley Field

Ryan Vogelsong vs Doug Davis

Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

 

Complete Coverage >

Tue 06/28 Barry Zito vs. Rodrigo Lopez 5:05 PM PDT
Wed 06/29 Tim Lincecum vs. Ryan Demptster 5:05 PM PDT
Thu 06/30 Matt Cain vs. Carlos Zambrano 11:20 AM PDT


 

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