One Error, Two Runs and a Cubs Win – Cubs 3, Giants 2

Game One Hundred One– Cubs 3, Giants 2

WP – Matt Guerrier (4-4) LP – Sergio Romo (3-5, BS 5) Save – Kevin Gregg (20)

wflag-pubThe Cubs went into the ninth inning trailing 2-1 after wasting numerous chances to put runs on the board. Dale Sveum sent in Julio Borbon to hit for Welington Castillo. Borbon singled to left and Sergio Romo walked pinch hitter Dioner Navarro. After David DeJesus (2-for-5 with a triple) was caught looking at a 1-2 pitch for the first out, Junior Lake (0-for-5 with a run scored) grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice but beat the throw to first base to keep the inning alive for Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4 with a walk).

Anthony Rizzo worked a full count before smoking a grounder toward first. Brandon Belt was in position to field the ball and end the game … but the ball shot under his legs and down the right field line. Borbon and Lake scored and the Cubs took a 3-2 lead. Kevin Gregg worked around a leadoff single by Pablo Sandoval in the ninth and picked up his 20th save of the season.

Before Friday night, the Cubs were 1-48 on the season when trailing after eight innings. The first win came against Sergio Romo and the Giants at Wrigley Field on April 12.

Edwin Jackson pitched a very good game but did not receive any run support while he was on the mound. Jackson pitched into the seventh inning, the first time on the current 10-game road trip a Cubs’ starter went that deep in a game. The Giants did not put two runners on base in a single inning until the seventh after Jackson issued his first walk and gave up a double to Hunter Pence. After an intentional walk to Brandon Belt that loaded the bases with one out, Jeff Francoeur blooped a single into right that gave the Giants a 2-1 lead and chased Jackson from the game.

Edwin Jackson allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Jackson threw 94 pitches, 54 for strikes, over 6 2/3 innings.

Matt Guerrier picked up the win after recording the final out in the seventh and pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

Cubs pitching held the Giants to two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The Cubs outhit the Giants 8-5 on Friday night and walked four times but could not buy a hit with runners in scoring position. The Cubs were 1-for-11 with RISP and left 11 runners on base. The Cubs are 8-for-74 with runners in scoring position over the last eight games.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a RBI) collected the Cubs only run scoring hit on Friday night. Castro drove in Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk) in the sixth inning. David DeJesus (2-for-5 with a triple) and Welington Castillo (2-for-3) notched multi-hit games.

With Friday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 46-55 on the season …

Edwin Jackson and Matt Cain locked in a pitcher’s duel over the first five innings. The Cubs wasted a chance to put runs on the board in the first inning before Cain settled in, found a rhythm and kept the Cubs off the board for five innings. While the Cubs did not manage any runs, they at least made Cain work. Cain threw 86 pitches in the first five frames, 55 for strikes.

Nate Schierholtz doubled off the base of the wall in left center with one out in the sixth. Starlin Castro followed with a single to center. The ball scooted under Tony Abreu’s glove and into centerfield. Schierholtz scored, 1-0 Cubs. Valbuena flied out to left and Barney hit a soft liner to Crawford to end the inning.

Edwin Jackson retired the Giants in order in the sixth. Jackson needed 75 pitches, 47 for strikes, to complete six innings on Friday. The Giants did not put two runners on base at the same time against Jackson in the first six innings.

After the Cubs were not able to add on in the seventh, Darwin Barney made a sensational diving stop to his right on a ball ticketed for centerfield and threw out Buster Posey from his knees to start the inning. Jackson issued his first walk of the night to Pablo Sandoval. Hunter Pence pulled a double into the left field corner and the Giants had runners on second and third with one down. Jackson intentionally walked Brandon Belt to load the bases.

Edwin Jackson jammed Jeff Francoeur and broke his bat with the first pitch but Francoeur got just enough to bloop a single into right field. Sandoval and Pence scored before Schierholtz’s throw skipped past Welington Castillo. Jackson picked up the ball and tagged out Belt halfway down the third baseline … Belt was trying to score from first base.

Dale Sveum made the slow walk with two down and Francoeur at second and replaced Jackson with James Russell. Russell walked Brandon Crawford. As soon as Andres Torres was announced as the pinch hitter for Matt Cain, Sveum went to his pen again and brought in Matt Guerrier. Torres struck out swinging to end the inning.

After seven complete, the Cubs trailed 2-1.

Javier Lopez retired Rizzo on a comebacker to the mound for the first out in the eighth inning. Nate Schierholtz worked a walk. Bruce Bochy went to his pen for Santiago Casilla. Starlin Castro singled to center and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out. A 1-2 pitch in the dirt to Valbuena got past Buster Posey. Schierholtz and Castro moved up ninety feet. With the infield back, Valbuena struck out swinging for the second out. Pablo Sandoval made a diving stop on a ball ticketed for left field and threw out Darwin Barney to end the inning.

The Cubs were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in the first eight innings.

Matt Guerrier kept the Giants off the board in the eighth … and the game went to the ninth with the Cubs down by only one run.

Julio Borbon hit for Castillo to start the ninth and reached on a bloop single to left. Sergio Romo walked pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro on four pitches. Romo caught DeJesus looking at a 1-2 pitch for out number one. Junior Lake then pulled a 1-1 pitch toward third. Sandoval fielded the ball, threw to second and forced Navarro but Lake beat the throw to first. With runners on first and third with two down, Anthony Rizzo smoked a 3-2 pitch down the first baseline. Brandon Belt was in perfect position to make the play but the ball shot under his legs and down the right field line. Borbon and Lake scored on E3. Rizzo ended up at second and Bochy went to his pen for lefty Jose Mijares.

Mijares walked Schierholtz but with runners on first and second with two down, Castro checked his swing on a 3-2 pitch and hit a slow roller toward second. Abreu fielded the ball and threw out Castro at first to end the inning.

Kevin Gregg took the hill in the bottom of the ninth with a 3-2 lead.

Pablo Sandoval led off the ninth with a single to left, just the Giants’ fifth hit of the game. Kensuke Tanaka ran for Sandoval. Hunter Pence flied out to deep center on the first pitch for out number one. Brandon Belt stepped in and hit a rocket to center that held up for DeJesus. Jeff Francoeur flied out to Lake in left to end the game.

Chris Rusin is scheduled to face Madison Bumgarner on Saturday night.

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