The San Francisco GIants arrived in Chicago with a 6 game winning streak under their belt, and left with a soggy series split that saw a rain shortened win for the G-Men and a postponement of the third game of the series. There was still a few bright spots in a rather gloomy series in the Windy City, let’s take a look.
Pitcher of the Series: Ryan Vogelsong
Not only did the veteran Vogelsong extended his scoreless inning streak to 13 1/3, he pitched his first complete game for the Giants in his 6 innings of work on Saturday before the game was called due to the weather. He’s 3-0 as a starter, and has many Giants fans calling for him to replace Zito in the rotation permanently. That is highly unlikely, but the guy is a great story for the G-Men and hopefully will be around for a while if he keeps throwing up goose eggs every inning.
Hitter of the Series: Buster Posey
The Giants didn’t muster too much offense during their two game at Wrigley, but Buster Posey managed to get himself a very important hit during yesterday’s wash out. He hit an RBI single that plated Freddy Sanchez off of the Cubs lefty Doug Davis in the first. Why was it so important? Because Buster was struggling mightily against left-handed pitching, batting a measly .188 against them. He’d been struggling in RBI situations lately as well as it was just his third RBI in his last 15 games. The sophomore slump is something I don’t believe in too much, especially with a guy like Buster. I don’t think it will be too long before he starts raking again, especially with the next stop on the schedule at Coors Field.
Upcoming Schedule: The Giants will head to the Mile High City next to face their NL West rival Colorado Rockies for a battle for first place. With the postponement on Sunday Tim Lincecum and the rest of the rotation will slide down a spot, leaving a battle between the Freak and the Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday. They wil be in Denver for just two games, then head to Los Angeles to battle their most hated rival of all, the Dodgers, for another two game set at Chavez Ravine.
Friday, May 13: Giants 4, Cubs 11
WP: Ryan Dempster (2-4)
LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-6)
Saturday, May 14: Giants 3, Cubs 0 F/7
WP: Ryan Vogelsong (3-0)
LP: Doug Davis (0-1)
Sunday May 15: PPD