Bumgarner Blanks Q’s Cubs – Cubs 0 Giants 4

Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven – Cubs 0 Giants 4
WP – Madison Bumgarner (9-12) LP – Rodrigo Lopez (4-6) Save – None

The difference in the three game series between the Cubs and Giants was starting pitching. In the first two games, the Cubs starters held San Francisco to two runs. On Wednesday the table was turned … and for as good as the Cubs played in the first two games, the series (2-1) and the road trip (2-4) ended on a sour note.

Madison Bumgarner dominated the Cubs offense over eight shutout innings. The Cubs managed only two hits against Bumgarner and a total of four baserunners (two hits and two walks). Bumgarner tied a career high with 11 strikeouts (struck out six of the first nine batters he faced) on Wednesday afternoon … and the Cubs struck out a total of 12 times on the afternoon.

Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a stolen base) and Marlon Byrd (1-for-3) collected the two hits while Alfonso Soriano (0-for-2 with a walk) and Geovany Soto (0-for-2 with a walk) worked the two free passes. The Cubs put only one runner in scoring position in nine innings against Bumgarner and Sergio Romo (0-for-1 with RISP, three left on base).

Rodrigo Lopez was very hittable once again, even for the offensively challenged San Francisco Giants. Jeff Keppinger (3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI) continues to torch Cubs pitching. Keppinger launched the first of back-to-back blasts off Lopez in the fourth and added a RBI single in the fifth. All four of the Giants runs came against Rodrigo Lopez (four runs on nine hits with two walks, two strikeouts and a HBP in 5 1/3 innings), who once again proved he’s no longer a Major League pitcher.

John Grabow, James Russell and Jeff Samardzija did not allow the Giants to tack on over the last 2 2/3 innings.

In the end Madison Bumgarner was too much for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

With the loss in the finale against the Giants, the Cubs slipped back to 19 games under .500 with a 59-78 record (16-13 in August) on the season …

While the Cubs were busy trying to figure out Madison Bumgarner, Rodrigo Lopez kept the Giants off the board the first time through the lineup.

Lopez faced the minimum in the first after Andres Torres led off with a single to right but was thrown out trying to steal second with Keppinger at the plate. Keppinger ended up flying out to right center and Pablo Sandoval grounded out to third to end the first.

The Giants did nothing against Lopez in the second … 1-2-3 on 10 pitches.

Outside of a four-pitch walk by Alfonso Soriano with one out in the second, the Cubs did nothing against Bumgarner until two outs in the third.

Starlin Castro recorded the Cubs first hit with two down in the third (2-2 pitch) and took off for second on a 0-1 pitch to Reed Johnson. Castro swiped the bag and advanced to third when Chris Stewart’s throw ended up in centerfield. Johnson popped out to Keppinger in shallow right to end the inning … the only runner the Cubs put in scoring position all afternoon.

Mike Fontenot led off the bottom of the third with a double to right center. Stewart flied out to left and Bumgarner flied out to right. Fontenot advanced on Bumgarner’s fly but was stranded at third when Torres struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs started making a habit of going down in order in the fourth.

The Giants broke out the bats in the bottom of the fourth … and hit not one but two big flies off Rodrigo Lopez.

Jeff Keppinger launched Lopez’s first pitch into the stands in left. Not only did Keppinger put the Giants on the board but ended the Giants six-game homerless drought.

Pablo Sandoval made it 2-0 two pitches later. Sandoval crushed a 0-1 pitch that ended up in McCovey’s Cove. Lopez retired Beltran on a groundout to third but Mark DeRosa ripped a single into center. Cody Ross grounded out weakly to third, DeRosa advanced to second but was stranded when Fontenot hit a rocket to Reed Johnson in right to end the inning.

The Giants squared up Lopez extremely well in the fourth.

Marlon Byrd led off the fifth with the Cubs second, and last hit, of the game. After Soto flied out to left, Barney worked the count to 3-2. Byrd took off for second but was called out because Darwin Barney interfered with Chris Stewart (fell into the catcher).

The Giants added onto their two-run lead in the fifth … and did a lot of bunting.

Chris Stewart led off the fifth with a bunt single up the third baseline. Bumgarner sacrificed him to second. For some reason, Andres Torres dropped down a bunt. Lopez threw out Torres at first but Stewart advanced to third.

Jeff Keppinger blooped a 1-2 pitch out into right center. Stewart scored … 3-0 Giants.

The Giants ended up loading the bases in the fifth (infield single by Sandoval and a walk to Carlos Beltran) but Mark DeRosa grounded out to third to end the inning.

The Cubs went quickly and quietly in the top of the sixth … and to make matters worse, Rodrigo Lopez was allowed to hit for himself. With the Cubs down 3-0, Lopez led off the sixth by striking out swinging.

Rodrigo Lopez took the hill in the bottom of the sixth and hit Cody Ross on a 1-1 pitch to start the inning. Ross was picked off first but Fontenot walked on four pitches. Chris Stewart ripped a 2-2 pitch into the corner in left. Fontenot motored around the bases and scored the Giants fourth and final run.

Mike Quade went to his pen and brought in John Grabow. Bumgarner flied out to right center. Stewart tagged and advanced to third. Andres Torres lined out to center to end the inning.

Bumgarner sat down the Cubs in order in the seventh.

Jeff Keppinger led off the home half of the seventh with a double off James Russell. Sandoval popped out to Ramirez … and Carlos Beltran hit a deep fly to left center that resulted in a loud out. Quade went to his pen and brought in Jeff Samardzija.

Mark DeRosa hit a chopper back up the middle that Castro had no play on. With runners on first and third with two down, Cody Ross struck out swinging to end the inning.

Other than a one out walk by Geovany Soto, the Cubs did nothing against Bumgarner in the eighth … Blake DeWitt struck out swinging to end the inning, the 11th on the afternoon for the young southpaw.

Jeff Samardzija pitched around a two-out single by Pat Burrell, an error by Starlin Castro and a wild pitch. With Burrell on third, Torres struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch.

Sergio Romo retired the Cubs in order in the ninth (11 pitches, eight for strikes) to end the game.

Pitching, pitching … it’s all about pitching.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

The Cubs have Thursday off and will open a three-game series against the Pirates at Wrigley on Friday afternoon. Ryan Dempster against Jeff Karstens in the opener.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Matt Camp: should just be released outright. 2nd violation. And look at his MiL record:

    2011..AAA…205 PA…0 HR…20 RBI…209 BA…2 SB…1 CSFORGETABOUTIT.2011…AA…76 PA…0 HR…2 RBI…169 BA2010 AAA….495 PA…2 HR…40 RBI…264Not going to make it.

    • Demitri

      He should be released. Why should the organization tolerate that behavior?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Fully agree with you.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Friday we have “Tired Arm” Karstens of the Pirates vs. Dempster. Should be a W for Dempster.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to his twitter account, Chris Carpenter is coming off the DL tomorrow.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funko’s sac fly RBI tonight ended his bid for the Hall of Fame for fewest RBIs of any MLB player of any position. 

    • BBAZ

      Byrd is not far behind

      • paulcatanese

        And yet he keeps playing and playing over and over again and will to the bitter end of this season.

  • Ripsnorter1

    White Sox would have won the division this year IF ONLY Adam Dudd had never been signed. Dyan Viciedo would have been the starting DH, and he’s killing the ball. Adam Dudd just killed the Sox this year. Tigers keep winning, and the Sox lost today, so they are 6 back with 28 to go. 

    Sox could overcome it all yet……

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jake Peavy stinks, too. He took the loss as he got racked today…again. 

    • Henry

      Why are you concerned with the White Sox?

      • John_CC

        With Hendry gone and all of the Cubs losses and blunders completely meaningless until the GM news picks up Rip needs something to complain about and some team to bash, any team!

        • Henry

          I understand!  But why the White Sox!  My blood boils when I speak of them.  Let’s help him find another team!  How about the Astros.  darn it they keep losing.  How are we going to catch them and improve our draft position

          • Dorasaga

            A piece of mouth on those Tex boy’s a darn good idea, sonny!

  • cubtex

    Here is a stat for all Casey Coleman fans. For all starters in the majors this year who have 12 or more starts….. Casey Coleman has the WORST ERA in baseball with a 7.12. As I have been saying all year….he is not a mlb starting pitcher.

    • cc002600

      it takes a long time for most pitchers to find their way in MLB.

      Look at Maddux, he was like 5-14 his first or 2nd year. How did he turn out ?

      You have to give him a chance. He’s not an ace, but COULD be decent 4th or 5th starter. 

      But again, how do you know unless you give guys a chance ?

      • cubtex

        He has the worst ERA in baseball for starters who have started 12 or more games. He is not good. Plain and simple.

        • Demitri

          12 starts isnt enough. Keep throwing him out there. Rather have him than Davis, Ortiz, Lopez, etc.

        • cc002600

          so 12 starts is enough to make a determination that he sucks ?  How many pitchers come up in their rookie years and set the world on fire ?  it doesn’t happen…..it takes time

    • cc002600

      Look at Smarjizia.  I thought he was God awful and would NEVER be any good. And yet, here we are, 3 or 4 years later and it seems like he has figured it out.  I never would have guessed. It takes time.  look at Marshal too. He was VERY medicore his first few years.

      • cubtex

        Shark throws 95. Coleman has below average stuff at best.

        • cc002600

          You don’t have to throw 95 to be an effective pitcher.  How hard did Maddux throw ?  Glavine ? etc, etc……

          • Joey U

            Both of them had great command and outstanding change up’s. Coleman has none of that.

      • Brp921

        Marshall was brought up as a starter before he was ready, because of injuries, and actually handled it fairly well. I thought he was handled wrong. He was never just given a role. He would make a couple starts, then relieve then be a swing man. He’s been a successful relief guy the last couple of years, but I think he would be most successfull as a starter. If the Cubs feel they can replace his spot in the bullpen and use him as a starter, then that would open up some money to use in other areas than signing a starter.

    • Brp921

      You may be right on Coleman, but I wouldn’t give up on him yet. He could still develope into something. I’d give him some more starts as the season winds down and then put him back in triple A next year. If he can’t show any consistantsy there, then he could be released.

    • RickinMSP

      Here is a conversation I had with my son a couple of Saturdays ago.  He is a college soccer player and never a baseball player.  He is also a White Sox fan, much to my dismay.  Anyway we drove to Chicago to take in both a Cubs game and a Sox game over the weekend the Cardinals were in town.  Casey Coleman was doing his bullpen session between starts.  After watching about 15 pitched Zach turns to me and says this guy sucks, doesn’t he?  I asked him why he said that.  Zach’s said he has no idea where the ball is going when it leaves his hand.  Unfortunately, he was right.  The catcher got more of a work out than Coleman did, chasing the ball all over the place.  Zach figured it out in about 10 minutes.  You’d think the Cubs would figure it out by now too.  Maybe they have but don’t really have anywhere else to turn at this point.  Pretty daming indictment about the Cubs upper level pitching prospects.

      • cubtex

        Thanks for sharing..lol. I compare Casey Coleman to the backup qb in football. He had a little success during a short period and now people think he can do it consistently long term. He has very mediocre stuff and is very hittable.

  • paulcatanese

    Never throw a bad pitcher against a bad team, or one that is struggling at the plate, that was proven again today. Qua with his infanate knowledge of pitching and constantly griping about having bullpen days should look at the last two games alone, 8 yes 8 pitchers used yesterday and today, boy does he know how to stretch a staff.

  • paulcatanese

    Posts are late for me, just got thru watching the tape. Comment on Qua’s lineup today, again with the platoon system, when is he going to learn? Interesting comment by the Giant announcer as he said he asked Drysdale if he would like to pitch agains all leftys or all rightys. Drysdale said either would be fine as he could get into a good rythem to pitch against them. Drysdale also said what gave him trouble was the mixed lineup,left, and then right handed hitters.
    Qua did it to himself again when he needed pinch hitters, he had no right handers left and had to use DeWitt, Qua leaves himself open every time he does it. And as Neil had said leave Lopez in to hit and then pulls him the next inning, I agree with that one as Qua has done that a number of times, it wastes players.

    • studio179

      I thought the same thing Drysdale said the instant I saw Q’s lineup.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nothing official, but it appears Bryan LaHair has been added to the 40-man roster and called up for Friday’s game against the Pirates. Announcement is expected tomorrow, will post when made official.

    • gocubs

      Cool, a pinch hitter for Quade to sit!  Whats the point?  No way he gets more than 2 or 3 starts the rest of the year.    

  • paulcatanese

    Qua is going to meet with upper management to discuss call-ups? That ought to be enlightning, I guess he has to let the brass know how much room he has on the bench for the rookies, needs to let them know how much space is available and measurments of the people to be able to fit in.

  • roseyc

    Quade doesn’t know what to do only what’s he told to do. Why is Lopez starting at all just tell you that who is in control doesn’t understand that Lopez should be only a reliever. His stuff get figured out by the third time around or he just tires out.They should try to see if  Samardzija can start or Carpenter. They should outright release Ortiz and Grabow. Coleman has run out of chances and Wells has righted himself for now and still has the rest of season to prove himself rotation ready. We have 3 spots for the rotation up for grabs. Garza and Dempster have their spots. Everybody else shouldn’t be guaranteed anything. Who is our 6 and 7 pitchers for next year because the Cubs didn’t have a plan b for injuries or just bad starts. That should be in their minds more than just trying to be spoilers Far as the hitting goes Quade thinks that Baker is a better hitter against a lefty than Pena is just plain stupid. How else is Pena going to learn how to hit lefties unless you put him in there. Quade plans of action is sickening to say the least. Quade again should be gone.

    • gocubs

      Pena is 33 yrs old.  Hes not going to learn to hit lefties at this point.