Giants Jump on Germano and Take Care of the Cubs – Cubs 2, Giants 5

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two – Cubs 2, Giants 5
WP – Tim Lincecum (8-14) LP – Justin Germano (2-5) Save – Sergio Romo (9)

Saturday’s game ended before it had a chance to begin. The Giants jumped on Justin Germano in the first inning and put up four spot on the old scoreboard before Germano could record the third out. The Giants managed only one more run the rest of the afternoon but the Cubs could not string together any hits against Tim Lincecum and the Giants’ pen.

Justin Germano retired the first two batters he faced to start the game before loading the bases with a pair of hits and a walk. Germano grazed Hector Sanchez’s uniform and forced in the first run of the game. Xavier Nady cleared the bases with a double to left field corner in his first at bat in a Giants uniform.

Justin Germano was very hittable once again and gave up five runs on six hits with two walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts in five innings. Germano labored through a 32-pitch first inning and ended up throwing 93 pitches in his five innings of work.

Michael Bowden had his best outing in a Cubs’ uniform. Bowden held the Giants scoreless for 2 2/3 innings. Bowden retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings and set down the first seven batters he faced. Bowden surrendered a one-out double to Hunter Pence in the eighth but that was all on the afternoon. Bowden struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Jeff Beliveau closed out the eighth and Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless ninth. The Cubs pen did their job and kept the team in the game but the offense could not sustain an inning on Saturday afternoon.

David DeJesus (1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a walk) drove in both of the Cubs’ runs on Saturday afternoon. DeJesus launched his seventh longball of the season off Tim Lincecum in the third inning.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a double) collected two more hits but the Cubs recorded only five against Giants pitching and walked only three times. The Cubs finished the game 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left three on base.

David DeJesus made an excellent sliding catch that took a hit away from Buster Posey in the fifth and Darwin Barney inched closer to Ryne Sandberg’s record with another errorless game. Barney turned in a couple of outstanding plays as well on Saturday afternoon.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 51-81 on the season …

Justin Germano began his day throwing strikes and retired Angel Pagan (flyout to left) and Marco Scutaro (groundout to short) quickly for the first two outs. Pablo Sandoval ripped Germano’s first pitch just out of the reach of Starlin Castro and into center … and the inning went downhill from there.

Luis Valbuena misplayed a one-hop liner off the bat of Buster Posey into a single. Posey hit a catchable ball to the left of Valbuena and he just missed it. Germano fell behind Hunter Pence 2-0 and eventually walked him to load the bases. Hector Sanchez stepped in with the bags loaded and two down. Germano jumped ahead 0-2 then started throwing inside. Germano grazed Sanchez’s uniform on a 2-2 offering and forced in Sandoval with the game’s first run.

Xavier Nady made his Giants’ debut and pulled a 1-0 pitch past Valbuena and into the left field corner. By the time Soriano got to the ball, Sanchez was waived around and scored. Nady cleared the bases with a double and the Giants took a commanding 4-0 lead. Evan Crawford flied out to left to end the inning … 32 pitches for Germano in the first inning, 19 for strikes.

Justin Germano gave up four runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman in the first inning.

Tim Lincecum looked like the old Tim Lincecum against the Cubs in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Lincecum made quick work of David DeJesus (flyout to left center) and Luis Valbuena (swinging strikeout) before giving up a single to Anthony Rizzo on a 0-2 pitch. Lincecum fell behind Alfonso Soriano 3-0 before Soriano looked at a 3-2 fastball to end the inning. Lincecum threw 17 pitches in the first inning, 11 for strikes.

The Giants tacked on in the second inning. Tim Lincecum flied out to Soriano in left (2-2 pitch) for the first out. Angel Pagan pulled a 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Pagan hustled out of the box and ended up at third with a triple. Marco Scutaro lifted the first pitch he saw into left center. Brett Jackson caught the ball near the track. Pagan tagged and scored the Giants’ fifth run. Pablo Sandoval grounded out to first on Germano’s 48th pitch of the game (30 for strikes) to end the inning.

Starlin Castro lined out to Hunter Pence in right to start the second (3-1 pitch). Welington Castillo followed and drove a 3-1 pitch from Lincecum into right center. With Castillo on first, Brett Jackson smoked a 2-2 pitch toward first. Buster Posey fielded the ball and started a 3-6-3 inning ending double play.

Justin Germano labored through his third inning of work but was able to keep the Giants off the board. Buster Posey led off the third with his fifth hit of the series (5-for-5 with a walk), a single to left. Hunter Pence pulled a 2-1 pitch toward the third baseline. Valbuena made a good play on a difficult hop and threw out Posey at second. Hector Sanchez singled to left center just out of the reach of Starlin Castro. With two on and one down, Xavier Nady popped out to second for out number two. Brandon Crawford flied out to Jackson in right center to end the inning. Germano needed 66 pitches, 41 for strikes to complete three innings of work.

Darwin Barney walked on four pitches to start the fourth. Germano bunted Barney into scoring position. David DeJesus launched a 1-1 pitch down the right field line. The ball stayed fair and the Cubs were on the board. DeJesus’ two-run shot and seventh longball of the season cut the Giants lead to 5-2.

After Valbuena grounded out to second (3-2 pitch), Anthony Rizzo drove a 1-1 pitch into left center. Rizzo ended up at second with a two-out double. Lincecum caught Alfonso Soriano looking for the second time on the afternoon. Soriano was called out on strikes (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs trailed 5-2 after three innings.

Other than a one-out walk by Angel Pagan, the Giants did nothing against Germano in the fourth … 82 pitches for Germano after four, 49 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth. Lincecum struck out two (Castillo and Jackson) of the three batters he faced.

Justin Germano retired the side in order in the fifth. David DeJesus made a tremendous sliding catch on the line to take away a hit from Buster Posey for the first out. Germano struck out Pence and Sanchez to end the inning. Germano threw 93 pitches, 56 for strikes, in five innings.

Darwin Barney grounded out to Crawford for the first out in the fifth. Tony Campana hit for Germano and struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) for the second out. David DeJesus worked a two-out walk but was thrown out trying to steal second on a 0-1 pitch to Valbuena to end the inning. Hector Sanchez threw out DeJesus from his knees. Lincecum needed 89 pitches, 52 for strikes, to get through five innings of work.

Michael Bowden took over in the sixth … and retired the side in order.

The Cubs did nothing in the sixth against Tim Lincecum.

Michael Bowden set the Giants down in order in the seventh.

Tim Lincecum retired Castro on a grounder to third for the first out in the seventh. Welington Castillo walked and Bruce Bochy went to his pen for lefty Jose Mijares to face Brett Jackson. Mijares uncorked a wild pitch on a 1-2 offering to Jackson. Castillo advanced to second with one out. Jackson looked at a questionable called strike on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Bochy went back to his pen for Guillermo Mota. Darwin Barney took a questionable called third strike (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs trailed 5-2 after seven innings.

Michael Bowden caught Buster Posey looking at a 2-2 pitch to start the eighth. Hunter Pence pulled Bowden’s first pitch into left. The ball shot past Soriano and rolled all the way to the wall. Pence ended up at second with a one-out double. Sveum left Bowden into face Hector Sanchez and Bowden struck out Sanchez swinging on the eighth pitch of the at bat. With Pence on second, two out and lefty Gregor Blanco stepping to the plate, Sveum went to his pen for Jeff Beliveau. Blanco grounded out to second (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Guillermo Mota warmed up to start the eighth. As soon as Adrian Cardenas was announced as the pinch-hitter for Jeff Beliveau, Bruce Bochy went to his pen to lefty Javier Lopez. Dale Sveum countered with Joe Mather and Mather ripped Lopez’s first pitch into left center. David DeJesus flied out to center for the first out. Sveum sent up Josh Vitters to hit for Luis Valbuena. Vitters hit the first pitch he saw to Sandoval … 5-4-3 double play, inning over.

The Cubs trailed 5-2 after eight innings.

Manny Corpas gave up a ground rule double to Brandon Crawford to start the ninth. Crawford popped a 0-1 pitch down the left field line. The ball hit near the line and hopped into the stands. Brandon Belt walked and the Giants had runners on first and second with no outs. Corpas caught Pagan looking at a 0-2 pitch for the first out. Marco Scutaro flied out to Jackson in right center (2-1 pitch). Corpas wanted nothing to do with Sandoval and walked him on four pitches to load the bases. Joaquin Arias hit for Lopez and grounded out to Josh Vitters (first pitch) to end the inning.

The game went to the bottom of the ninth with the Cubs down by three.

Sergio Romo retired Anthony Rizzo (groundout to second), Alfonso Soriano (pop out to a sliding Hunter Pence in shallow right) and Starlin Castro (pop out to left) in order to end the game.

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Weather permitting … Travis Wood is scheduled to face Matt Cain in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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