Cubs Cain-not Beat the Giants – Cubs 5, Giants 7

Game One Hundred Thirty-Three – Cubs 5, Giants 7
WP – Santiago Casilla (6-5) LP – Carlos Marmol (2-3) Save – Javier Lopez (6)

The Cubs gave Sunday’s finale to the Giants and ended their 10-game homestand with a loss (4-6). After winning Friday’s opener, the Cubs dropped the last two and finished the season series against the Giants with a 1-6 record.

The Cubs took a 5-3 lead into the sixth after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth off Matt Cain. Alfonso Soriano capped the four-run inning with his 25th homer of the season, a three-run shot off of the Giants ace. But the Cubs’ pen could not hold a lead. Manny Corpas allowed the Giants to tie the game in the sixth and Carlos Marmol gave up two runs in the ninth after walking two of the first three batters he faced.

The Cubs gave away another game. An error by Anthony Rizzo led to a pair of unearned runs in the Giants’ three-run third inning. All three walks issued by Cubs’ pitching scored and the Giants tied the game in the sixth on a wild pitch. The Cubs made several excellent plays in the field but the mistakes that were made proved costly in a close game.

The Cubs offense had a good day against Matt Cain but could not put anything together against the Giants pen. David DeJesus (2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) drove in Darwin Barney (3-for-4 with two runs scored) with a single in the third. DeJesus’ second hit of the game cut the Giants’ lead to 3-2 when Barney scored on an error by Hunter Pence.

Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) launched a three-run shot off Matt Cain in the fifth. Soriano’s 25th longball of the season gave the Cubs a short-lived 5-3 lead. Soriano became the tenth player in Cubs’ history with four-plus 25 home run season. Soriano joined Sammy Sosa, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Aramis Ramirez, Ryne Sandberg, Hank Sauer, Hack Wilson and Bill Nicholson as the only players in the organization’s long history with four or more 25 homer seasons.

The Cubs scored all five runs off Matt Cain on six hits with a pair of walks but managed only two other baserunners over the final four innings and finished the game 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left four on base.

Travis Wood pitched better than his final line indicates. Wood labored through a 36-pitch third inning that ran up his pitch count. Wood did have trouble at times putting hitters away but still left the game with one on and two down in the sixth with his team up 5-3. Wood allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wood threw 103 pitches, 67 for strikes, and remains winless since July 6.

Manny Corpas blew his third lead of the season. Corpas entered the game with two down and a runner on second in the sixth. Brandon Belt hit for Brett Pill and tripled in Xavier Nady. Corpas uncorked a wild pitch with Aubrey Huff at the plate that allowed Belt to score the tying run.

James Russell and Shawn Camp pitched two perfect innings but Carlos Marmol could not find the strike zone in the ninth. Marmol issued a leadoff walk to Xavier Nady (2-for-2, a double, two runs scored and two walks) and a one out walk to the free-swinging Brandon Crawford. Angel Pagan singled in pinch-runner Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro plated Crawford with the Giants’ seventh and final run. Marmol gave up two runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout on 31 pitches, 17 for strikes, in his inning of work.

Darwin Barney did not commit an error for the 118th game in a row, five short of the organization’s record for consecutive games for a second baseman without an error held by Ryne Sandberg (123). Dave Sappelt made Cubs debut pinch hitting for James Russell in the seventh. Sappelt flied out to right (2-2 pitch) against lefty Jeremy Affeldt.

With Sunday’s loss (10-12 on Sundays in 2012), the Cubs dropped to 51-82 on the season …

Travis Wood retired the Giants in order to start the game. Wood threw 14 pitches in the opening frame, eight for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against Matt Cain in the first. Cain retired the side in order on 10 pitches, eight for strikes, and the Cubs did not hit a ball past the mound. DeJesus struck out looking and both Valbuena and Rizzo hit tappers back to the mound.

Travis Wood faced the minimum in the second. David DeJesus made a nice running, tumbling catch toward the infield on a sinking liner off the bat of Posey for the first out. Hunter Pence singled to center but Joaquin Arias pulled a 1-1 pitch toward third. Valbuena started the around the horn double play to end the inning. Wood needed 26 pitches, 16 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

Matt Cain caught Soriano looking at a 3-2 pitch to start the second. Starlin Castro hit a ball out of the infield … but right to Hunter Pence for the second out. Steve Clevenger notched the Cubs first hit, a two-out double to left on a 2-2 pitch. Brett Jackson struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning … 30 pitches for Cain after two, 20 for strikes.

The Giants took advantage of two gifts from the Cubs and put three runs on the board in the third. Travis Wood issued a leadoff walk to Xavier Nady, the seventh place hitter in the Giants’ lineup. After missing with his first two offerings to Brett Pill, Wood retired Pill on a fly out to right. Matt Cain tried to bunt Nady to second and tried to give the Cubs an out … but the Cubs would not take it. Anthony Rizzo fielded Cain’s bunt but made a lazy throw to first. Rizzo’s throw was on the inside of the bag and pulled Barney off the base.

Angel Pagan stepped in with runners on first and second with one out. Pagan blooped a 2-0 pitch into shallow left. The ball knuckled away from Soriano and fell in for a single. Nady scored and the Giants took a 1-0 lead. Marco Scutaro popped out to second but it was on the 12th pitch of the at bat. Wood could not put Scutaro away and it showed on the first pitch to Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval deposited Wood’s first pitch into left and Cain scored the Giants second run. Buster Posey followed and dumped a 1-2 pitch in front of David DeJesus. Pagan scored and the Giants took a commanding 3-0 lead. With runners on first and second with two down, Hunter Pence drove a 2-1 pitch to deep right center … that Brett Jackson tracked down to the end the inning.

Travis Wood threw 36 pitches in the third inning … and for the game 62 pitches after three, 39 for strikes.

The Cubs were able to take advantage of a gift from Matt Cain in the third. Darwin Barney tapped a 1-2 pitch back up the middle, just to the right side of the mound. Cain whiffed and Barney was given an infield single. Wood bunted Barney into scoring position.

David DeJesus lined a 0-1 pitch into right. Barney scored and cut the Giants lead to 3-1. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging (1-2 pitch). Anthony Rizzo worked a two-out walk. With two on and two down, Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

After three, the Cubs trailed 3-1.

Travis Wood retired Arias on a flyout to right to start the fourth. Xavier Nady ripped a 2-2 pitch into center for a single. Brett Pill worked a full count but flied out to center for the second out. Matt Cain launched Wood’s first pitch to deep left. Alfonso Soriano caught the ball at the wall then crashed into the ivy. Soriano took away extra bases from Cain with a catch he would not have made before putting in the work with Dave McKay this season. Wood needed 78 pitches, 49 for strikes, to complete four innings of work.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth … 66 pitches for Matt Cain after four, 42 for strikes.

Travis Wood, with a lot of help from Luis Valbuena, kept the Giants off the board in the fifth. Valbuena made a tremendous diving stop on a ball in the hole off the bat of Angel Pagan. Valbuena got to his feet and threw out the speedy Pagan to start the inning. Marco Scutaro grounded out to Valbuena, another solid play, for the second out. Pablo Sandoval blooped a single out of the reach of Barney into right field but Posey flied out to center (2-2 pitch) to end the inning. Wood needed 92 pitches to complete five innings on Sunday, 59 for strikes.

The Cubs’ fifth inning began with a single to center off the bat of Darwin Barney. Wood bunted Barney into scoring position with one out. David DeJesus ripped a 1-2 pitch into right. Barney held at third but was sent to the plate when Hunter Pence bobbled the ball. DeJesus held at first but his hit (no RBI given due to error) cut the Giants lead to 3-2.

Luis Valbuena worked a walk and put two on with one out for Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo bounced Cain’s first pitch out to second base. Valbuena was forced at second but the Giants could not turn a double play and Cain had to face Alfonso Soriano with runners on first and third with two down.

Alfonso Soriano crushed a 1-0 offering from Cain through the wind and into the bleachers in left center … by Cain’s reaction, he knew the ball was gone as soon as Soriano squared it up. Soriano’s 25th homer of the season, a three-run shot, put the Cubs up 5-3. Castro grounded out to second to end the inning.

At the end of five, the Cubs led 5-3.

Travis Wood stayed in and started the sixth. Wood made quick work of Pence (flyout to left) and Arias (swinging strikeout) but Xavier Nady drove a 2-2 pitch down the right field line. The ball ended up in the corner and Nady held at second with a two-out double. Dale Sveum went to his pen for righty Manny Corpas to face Brett Pill. Bruce Bochy countered with Brandon Belt. Belt lifted a 2-2 pitch toward left. Soriano broke in and could not recover. The wind pushed the ball toward the line. Nady scored on Belt’s pinch-hit triple. Aubrey Huff hit for Matt Cain … and the Giants tied the game without recording a hit.

Steve Clevenger did not shift and block a 2-2 pitch down and in to Huff. The ball skipped past him and while Clevenger was trying to find the ball, Belt scored from third and tied the game at five. Huff hit a routine fly to DeJesus for the third out.

The Cubs did nothing against Jose Mijares in the sixth.

James Russell retired the side in order in the seventh … 1-2-3 on 11 pitches.

The Cubs did nothing against Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh.

Shawn Camp set down the Giants in order in the eighth.

Jeremy Affeldt started the eighth and retired Rizzo on a grounder to first. Bruce Bochy went to his pen and brought in Santiago Casilla to face Alfonso Soriano. Brandon Crawford also entered the game in a double switch with Joaquin Arias at short. Soriano pulled Casilla’s first pitch down the third base line. Sandoval made a nice pick and threw out Soriano at first base. Castro was plunked on a 2-1 pitch but Clevenger grounded out to second to end the inning.

The game was tied at five after eight.

Carlos Marmol issued a four-pitch walk to Xavier Nady to start the ninth. Gregor Blanco ran for Nady and held at first throughout Brandon Belt’s at bat. Belt was caught looking at a 0-2 pitch for the first out. Blanco took off for second on a 1-0 pitch to Brandon Crawford. The ball hit off Clevenger’s glove and ended up near the Giants’ dugout. Blanco did not realize the ball had gotten away and did not advance past second base. Marmol walked Crawford … and the Cubs were in trouble.

Angel Pagan stepped in with runners on first and second and one out. Pagan ripped a 2-2 pitch into left center. Jackson fielded the ball but his throw was up the line and Blanco crossed the plate with the go ahead run. Marco Scutaro followed with a single to center (0-1 pitch), Crawford scored and the Giants took a 7-5 lead. Pablo Sandoval flied out to the track in right. Pagan and Scutaro moved up ninety feet. Buster Posey popped a 3-2 pitch up to Darwin Barney for the third out.

The Cubs went to the bottom of the ninth down by two.

Brett Jackson drove the first pitch from Santiago Casilla in the ninth to deep left. Gregor Blanco hauled the ball in at the wall for the first out. Darwin Barney singled to right center. As soon as Bryan LaHair was announced as the pinch hitter for Carlos Marmol, Bochy went to his pen for lefty Javier Lopez. Dale Sveum countered with Joe Mather. Mather rolled over a 2-2 pitch … 6-4-3 game ending double play.

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The Cubs begin a 10-game road trip with the first of four against the Nationals on Monday afternoon (12:05pm CDT) … Jeff Samardzija against lefty Ross Detwiler in game one on Labor Day.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    In this series, Soriano was just showing the Giants that they made a mistake in not acquiring him.

    85 RBIs now. I hope he gets the 30 HRs and the 100 RBIs.

    Amazing how there are those who just want to release him.

    • Tony_Hall

      Oh Rip…people wanted to release the old Soriano, who cared less about defense, ran bases with no baseball IQ, and struck out repeatedly with his heavy old bat at sliders way, way, way off the plate.

      This new improved Soriano has become a little better than league average for an OF, and is a productive part of this team. He is still no where near worth his pay, but no one wants to just release this guy…he actually gives effort and has listened to this coaching staff…something, I am sure, he wishes he would have done many years ago. No way he liked being booed for so long, but he was deserving of it in the past.

      Now if they can get something in return for him that will be a useful part moving forward, and the team pays part of his salary…then trade away.

    • SuzyS.

      Rip, The Giants did not make a mistake…Sori declined to be a Giant.
      Soriano was a laughable OF defensively for the last three years or so PRIOR to this year. At one time, Colvin would have been an improvement….So yes, many of us wanted to see Sori gone…no matter what.
      I take my hat off to Sori this year for the improvements he has made…Due to his age…I and any possible trading partner question whether he can keep it up for the length of his remaining contract…I hope he can.

      Looks like the Cubs are a lock to get the 2nd draft pick position for next year.

      • John_CC

        True that, Suzy!

        I still can’t help but wonder if Colvin would be a starting OF for the Cubs if he hadn’t treated so poorly under Lou and Q. He currently has an .890 OPS, 16HR, 60RBI and 7SB in just over 300 AB. Even Clint Hurdle can see that he has to play!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Colvin…
          I would rather have him than DeJesus for $10 million. I agree that Team Theo had to deal him after QQuade got through destroying his confidence. He needed a fresh start elsewhere. I just wish they had not dealt for Stewart or tossed away DJ LeMahieu.

          #2 But still, he is a product of Coors Field. He is hitting .264 away from Coors Field–and .324 at Coors Field.

          Slugging? That’s .659 at home, .459 away.

          SO I think he’s a .250 hitting power hitter with a ton of strikeouts. And that’s better than a .250 hitting singles hitter (DeJesus) with no speed or power.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Accuscore gives the Cubs a 22% chance of winning today. When Detwiler has a quality start, the Nats win 79% of the time.

          • Tony_Hall

            You should try comparing OBP, defense, baseball IQ, leadership, etc when trying to compare Colvin to DeJesus. I really doubt any team would choose Colvin over DeJesus for their RF.

  • Nebo96

    Sveum has Mather leading off again, what a waste of the leadoff spot !