Game Thirty-Eight – Cubs 0 Giants 3 – 6 innings
WP – Ryan Vogelsong (3-0) LP – Doug Davis (0-1) Save – None
On a cold, rainy night at Wrigley the Cubs gave another game away.
The Cubs and Giants were able to complete only six innings Saturday night. The heavy rain came as the top of the seventh began and after a 40-minute delay the game was called … and the Cubs took the loss.
Simply said, the Cubs gave another game away. The Cubs committed three errors in the miserable conditions that led to two unearned runs … but that was not the worst of it. The Cubs were shutout by Ryan Vogelsong because they cannot hit with runners in scoring position.
Getting hits is not a problem for this version of the Cubs. Saturday was the 12th time in the last 14 games that Q’s squad out hit their opponent. This team just cannot hit when it counts. The Cubs had scoring chances in four of the six innings.
The Cubs put 10 runners on base but grounded into two inning ending double plays and finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, eight left on base.
“Double Trouble” set the table once again but this time no one could drive them in. Starlin Castro (2-for-3) and Darwin Barney (2-for-3) got on base all six times they stepped to the plate … the kids reached on errors by Miguel Tejada in the third and fifth inning.
Doug Davis made his Cubs’ debut and put his new team in position to win the game. Davis lasted five innings but allowed only three runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Davis threw 77 pitches, 50 for strikes.
With Saturday’s rain-shortened loss, the Cubs slipped back to four below the mediocre mark with a 17-21 record … The Giants scored in the first inning for the second game in a row. Doug Davis struck out Aaron Rowand to start the game but gave up a double to Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez hit a 2-0 pitch over Fukudome’s head. Davis struck out Huff looking and got ahead of Buster Posey 1-2.
The reigning NL Rookie of the Year ripped Davis’ next pitch into left. Soriano threw home (first mistake on one play), Sanchez scored easily as Koyie Hill tried to throw out Posey at second. The ball ended up in center and Posey advanced to third.
Cody Ross hit a 1-1 pitch to third. The ball went off DeWitt’s glove to Castro who threw a strike that nailed Ross at first to end the inning.
Doug Davis struck out two and threw 22 pitches, 12 for strikes, in his first inning as a Cub.
Darwin Barney put together an impressive 10-pitch at bat with one out in the bottom of the first. Barney singled to right and advanced to third on a single to left by Starlin Castro. Carlos Pena walked to load the bases.
With one out, Marlon Byrd lined out to short on a 0-1 pitch. Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Cubs made Ryan Vogelsong work (32 pitches, 19 strikes) but 0-for-2 with RISP and not driving in the tying run from third with less than two outs is unacceptable … and just bad baseball.
The Giants were given two runs in the third inning by the Cubs defense. Ryan Vogelsong led off with a single to right. Aaron Rowand ripped a double into right center. With runners on second and third with no outs, Blake DeWitt made a fine play on a hard hit grounder and threw out Freddy Sanchez at first … both runners held.
Aubrey Huff popped out to shallow left on a 1-2 pitch for the second out. Doug Davis pitched around Buster Posey and walked him to load the bases.
Cody Ross hit a tapper out in front of the plate on 1-0 pitch. Koyie Hill picked up the ball and threw high to first. Pena could not haul it in and Vogelsong scored on Hill’s second error of the game … 2-0 Giants.
Pat Burrell then hit a grounder to DeWitt at third but bounced the throw and pulled Pena off the bag. Pena kept the Cubs third error of the game from costing his team more than one run. Rowand scored on DeWitt’s miscue … 3-0 Giants.
The Cubs third scoring chance of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Marlon Byrd reached on an infield single to third (extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tied a career high). Soriano followed with a single to right center.
With runners on first and second and no outs, Blake DeWitt fouled out to Mark DeRosa (third base) and Koyie Hill grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
After four innings, the Cubs were 0-for-5 with RISP, five left on base … and two inning ending double plays.
Doug Davis retired the Giants in order in the fifth to complete his night.
The Cubs put two more on in the bottom of the fifth. Darwin Barney reached on Miguel Tejada’s second error of the night. Starlin Castro followed with another hit. With runners on first and second with two out, Carlos Pena struck out swinging to end the inning.
Jeff Samardzija did not give up any runs in relief of Doug Davis in the sixth. Samardzija dodged a bullet and took the hill to start the seventh.
The rains came after two pitches to Aaron Rowand … and was called 40-minutes later.
Another sloppy game for the Chicago Cubs
The Cubs will try to end their Sunday losing streak (0-6) in the finale against the Giants … Carlos Zambrano versus Tim Lincecum.