The San Francisco Giants ended their 20-game roadie across the country by taking two out of three against the D-backs this week, finally earning themselves a day off on Thursday. Now they must regroup for the visiting Chicago Cubs who despite a long skid have turned it around as of late against the NL West.
After a three-game sweep in San Diego the Cubs continue their West Coast road trip at McCovey Cove, turning to Paul Malholm (4-3 4.62) to get it done in the series opener. Maholm has been up and down this season, going 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA in May starts, though he struggled to get through five innings against Pittsburgh his last outing. He is 0-1 in four career starts at AT&T Park.
The Giants will send out Madison Bumgarner (5-4 3.14), who is 0-3 in his last four starts. Bumgarner was a far cry from his normal self, allowing four earned runs in each of his losses. Still, the Cubs could prove to be the big lefty's panacea as he is 2-1 lifetime against Chicago with a 2.03 ERA, 29 strikeouts and a .230 BAA in four career starts.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.