Game Seventy-Nine – Cubs 7 Giants 13
WP – Ryan Vogelsong (6-1) LP – Doug Davis (1-7) Save – None
Seven runs against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants pen at Wrigley would figure to be enough to put one in the win column … but not with Doug Davis on the mound.
The veteran southpaw picked a bad time to have one of the worst starts of his big league career. Mike Quade needed innings from Doug Davis in game one of the day-night doubleheader and what he received was a very short start and a giant-hole the Cubs offense could not recover from on Tuesday afternoon.
Doug Davis gave up 10 runs on a career-high 12 hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Davis struck out three and walked three on 99 pitches, 61 for strikes. After Davis gave up three runs in the first inning, the Cubs tied the game at three on two longballs in the second … a two-run shot by Carlos Pena and a solo homer by Koyie Hill. But Davis gave up three more runs in the top of the third and the Cubs simply could not catch up.
The Giants scored three in the first, three in the third and five in the fifth with Davis being charged with 10 of those runs. The Giants scored a season-high 13 runs on a season-high 18 hits on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley … the offensively challenged Giants scored a total of 15 runs in the five games leading up to the opener on Tuesday.
Chris Carpenter allowed three inherited runs to score and gave up two more in his 1 2/3 innings. Carpenter served up a bases clearing double to Aaron Rowand, the first batter he faced in relief of Davis that put the game out of reach.
James Russell was impressive out of the pen once again. Russell tossed two innings of shutout ball. John Grabow served up a home run to Miguel Tejada in the ninth that closed the book on the Giants scoring for game one.
The Cubs offense could not keep pace with the pitching staff. Carlos Pena (1-for-4, a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI) hit long homer in the second off of Ryan Vogelsong that cut the Giants lead to 3-2. Koyie Hill (1-for-4 with a home run) tied the game at three in the third with his second dinger of the season … his first since April 28.
Blake DeWitt (2-for-4 with three RBI) also had a big game and Aramis Ramirez tallied two hits in five at bats with two runs scored.
With the loss in game one, the Cubs slipped back to 15 games below .500 with a 32-47 record … When Doug Davis walked Aaron Rowand to start the game after being ahead in the count 0-2, the writing was on the wall that is was going to be a long afternoon. The light-hitting Miguel Tejada followed with a single to center and Aubrey Huff drove in Rowand with a single to right center … 1-0 Giants.
Cody Ross followed Huff with a single to center to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Tejada scored and Huff ended up at third … but the Giants were not done. Pat Burrell singled to right on a 0-1 pitch, Huff scored and the Giants took a 3-0 lead before the Cubs ever stepped to the plate.
Bill Hall struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs went down in order in the first and Davis worked around a lead off single in the second without allowing another run … but five of the first eight batters had recorded a hit against Doug Davis.
Aramis Ramirez led off the bottom of the second with a single to left. Carlos Pena followed with his 17th longball of the season. Pena’s two-run shot cut the Giants lead to 3-2. After Soriano flied out to center and DeWitt fouled out, Koyie Hill ripped a 0-1 pitch down the right field line. Hill’s second homer of the season tied the game at three. Davis struck out swinging to end the inning.
Davis put together the opposite of a shutdown inning in the top of the third.
Aubrey Huff led off the third with a five-pitch free pass. Ross flied out left but Sandoval ripped a double into right center that plated Huff with the go ahead run. Pat Burrell then gave the Giants a three run lead again with one swing of the bat. Burrell launched a 0-2 pitch into the bleachers in left … 6-3 Giants. Hall struck out looking and Stewart flied out to left to end the inning.
The Cubs had chances in the third and fourth to cut into the Giants lead but came away empty both times … and San Francisco put the game away in the top of the fifth.
Pablo Sandoval singled to center to start the inning. Pat Burrell followed with a single to left and Davis walked Bill Hall to load the bases with no outs.
Chris Stewart single to center. Sandoval scored the Giants’ seventh run but Burrell held at third. Ryan Vogelsong struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. Davis’ day came to an end and Quade brought in Chris Carpenter to face Aaron Rowand.
Rowand ripped a 1-0 pitch down the left field line … and cleared the bases. The Giants took a 10-3 lead and closed the book on Doug Davis.
Miguel Tejada reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Rowand held at second but advanced to third on a wild pitch by Chris Carpenter. Huff then hit a liner to left that Soriano dropped. Rowand scored, 11-3 Giants.
With runners on first and second with one out, Cody Ross grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Tony Campana worked a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth and advanced to second on an error by Bill Hall. Campana broke for second on a 0-2 pitch, Castro hit the ball back up the middle but Hall could not handle it and Castro reached on the miscue. Aramis Ramirez flied out to center, Campana tagged and advanced to third.
Carlos Pena walked to load the bases with two outs … and Alfonso Soriano followed with a free pass of his own that forced in Campana with the Cubs’ fourth run. Blake DeWitt then singled past Hall into right. Castro and Pena scored … 11-6 Giants.
Koyie Hill struck out swinging to end the inning.
Chris Carpenter retired Sandoval and Burrell to start the sixth but gave up a single to Bill Hall on a 2-2 pitch. Hall stole second with Stewart at the plate. Carpenter ended up walking Stewart. Bruce Bochy went to his bench and sent up Nate Schierholtz to hit for Vogelsong.
Schierholtz ripped a 2-2 pitch into right center that drove in Hall with the Giants’ 12th run. Rowand flied out to center to end the inning.
Aramis Ramirez led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left center. Carlos Pena then hit a chopper over the mound on a 3-2 pitch. Sandoval fielded the ball and threw out Pena at first. Ramirez advanced to second on the play. Soriano struck out swinging but DeWitt singled to right and plated Ramirez with the Cubs’ seventh and final run.
Rodrigo Lopez faced Barry Zito in game two on Tuesday night.