Cubs Daze and Confuse Tim Lincecum – Cubs 8 Giants 6

Game One Hundred Thirteen – Cubs 8 Giants 6
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wflag.jpgThe Cubs offense pounded out 14 hits, chased Tim Lincecum after four innings and ended their four-game losing streak with an improbable win Tuesday night. Alan Trammell picked up his first victory as the manager this season as the Cubs won for only the second time in 13 games.

The Chicago Cubs looked like a Major League baseball team in the first inning Tuesday night. They hit the ball, they stole bases, they advanced runners … all of the little things that have been missing this season.

Aramis Ramirez drove in the 1,000 run of his career (684 RBI as a Cub) in the first inning and Kosuke Fukudome capped the first with a two-run homer that ended up in McCovey Cove.

The offense scored four runs in first inning, the first time they’ve accomplished the feat since plating four against C.J. Wilson in Texas back on May 23.

Tim Lincecum tied a season-low with six runs allowed Tuesday night with his second shortest outing of the season. The Nationals put six on the board against Lincecum on May 26. Tuesday night was the first time Lincecum allowed four runs in the first inning in his career.

Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro were a combined 3-for-9 with a walk, two stolen bases, two runs scored and three RBI. Aubrey Huff robbed Colvin of another hit off Lincecum. Castro drove in the Cubs’ first run and delivered a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

Mike Fontenot added a two-out, two-run double in the eighth that ended up being the difference in the game. Fontenot hit for Andrew Cashner, delivered his seventh pinch-hit of the year. Four of the Cubs’ eight runs scored on two-out hits by Castro and Fontenot.

The Cubs picked up the win but it was another sloppy game in the field and on the bases. The Cubs committed three errors, and there should have been a fourth. The defensive miscues ran up Ryan Dempster’s pitch count.

Aramis Ramirez committed the baserunning blunder in the fifth. With Soriano at the dish, Ramirez took off for second on a 1-2 offering. Soriano flied out to right and Ramirez forgot to retouch second on his way back to first.

Ryan Dempster picked up his 10th win of the year with a solid start. Dempster threw the ball well but left with two outs in the seventh after issuing his second walk of the game. Dempster allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts (109 pitches, 79 for strikes).

Carlos Marmol was knocked around in the ninth. For one of the few times in his career, Marmol gave up four hits and the Giants plated two runs to make it 8-6. The Giants put the tying runs on base with one out before Marmol got angry and shut the door. Marmol struck out Juan Uribe on three pitches and retired Travis Ishikawa on a groundout to first to end the game.

With the win, the Cubs improved to 48-65 on the season … 17 game below the mediocre mark.

What figured to be a low-scoring game, ended up being a slugfest Tuesday night. Both teams combined to score 14 runs on 28 hits … and the Cubs, of course, committed more than their fare share of errors.

The Cubs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Tim Lincecum … plus they made the reigning NL Cy Young award winner work. It took Lincecum 34 pitches (21 for strikes) to get through the first inning and the Cubs scored four runs.

Tyler Colvin led off the game with a single off the wall in right. Aubrey Huff played the ball perfectly and held the hustling Colvin to a loud single. Colvin then stole second with Starlin Castro at the plate. Castro delivered a single into right center on a 3-2 pitch … and drove in Colvin with the game’s first run.

Castro stole second with Hoffpauir at the plate and advanced to third on a groundout to first by Hoffpauir. Aramis Ramirez drove in the 1,000 run of his big league career (684 as a Cub) with a soft single to center. Castro scored and gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Kosuke Fukudome then launched Lincecum’s first pitch into McCovey Cove. Fukudome’s 10th of the year added to the Cubs lead … 4-0 Cubs after just a half an inning.

The Giants started chipping away in the first … with a lot of help from the Cubs horrible defense.

Edgar Renteria reached on a one-out single to left. Aubrey Huff then hit a tailor made double play ball to Blake DeWitt. DeWitt tried to throw the ball before he caught it. DeWitt bobbled it … the Cubs 87th error of the season put runners on first and second with one out.

Buster Posey ripped a 2-2 pitch off DeWitt’s glove into center. Renteria scored the Giants first run. Dempster got ahead of Pat Burrell 0-2 before finally getting out of the inning. Burrell grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

The Giants made it a 4-2 game in the second. Juan Uribe doubled to right and advanced to third on a passed ball by Koyie Hill. Travis Ishikawa blooped a 2-2 pitch into left center and plated Uribe with the Giants second run.

Tim Lincecum sacrificed Ishikawa to second and Torres reached on a fielding error by Micah Hoffpauir. Dempster retired Renteria on a fly out to left to end the inning.

Koyie Hill started the two-run rally in the fourth with a bloop two-out single to right. Ryan Dempster followed with a single to center on a high fastball from Lincecum. Tyler Colvin walked to load the bases with two outs.

Starlin Castro singled to center and drove in Hill and Dempster … 6-2 Cubs.

The Cubs defense cost Dempster a chance at completing seven innings Tuesday night. Dempster issued his first free pass of the night to pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand to start the seventh … ball four was the 100th pitch of his night.

Andres Torres hit into a 6-3 double play but Emmanuel Burriss reached on the Cubs’ third error of the night. Castro fielded the ball but threw low to first and the ball ended up in the Cubs’ dugout. Burriss ended up at second.

Ryan Dempster issued a four-pitch walk to Aubrey Huff to end his night.

Andrew Cashner came in and fell behind Buster Posey 3-1. Posey launched a deep fly just to the left of straight away center. Colvin ran over and put himself into position to make the catch but the ball hit off the heal of his glove. Burriss and Huff scored on what was ruled a double … and should have been the Cubs’ fourth error of the game.

Cashner struck out Pat Burrell to end the inning. But the Giants cut the Cubs’ lead to 6-4 with two innings left to play.

The Cubs answered back in the top of the eighth … and got the two runs right back.

Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single off Sandoval’s glove. Blake DeWitt struck out but Koyie Hill ripped a 3-1 pitch into right, his second hit of the night. Soriano was running on the play and advanced to third.

Mike Fontenot pinch-hit for Andrew Cashner and delivered his seventh pinch-hit of the season. Fontenot doubled down the right field line and drove in Soriano and Hill. Fontenot’s seventh and eighth RBI as a pinch-hitter gave the Cubs an 8-4 lead.

Buster Posey had a huge night (3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI) and drove in his fourth run in the ninth with another double. Emmanuel Burriss reached on a single to right to start the inning. Kosuke dove and appeared to catch the ball but it popped out when he hit the ground.

Aubrey Huff grounded out to third, Burriss advanced to second on the play. Buster Posey then doubled to the corner in right. Burriss scored … 8-5 Cubs.

Pat Burrell singled to right then Pablo Sandoval notched the Giants’ fourth hit in the ninth against Carlos Marmol. Sandoval’s infield single plated Posey with the Giants’ sixth run.

Marmol got mad and struck out Juan Uribe swinging on three pitches and retired Travis Ishikawa on a groundout to first to end the game. Uribe and Ishikawa swung and missed at five straight from Marmol … it was a thing of beauty.

A win is a win … and those have been few and far between of late for the Chicago Cubs.

A tip of the cap to Brian for the title of this recap … Brian pointed out last week the resemblance between Tim Lincecum and Mitch Kramer.

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Wednesday night will be a battle of southpaws … Tom Gorzelanny against Barry Zito.

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon