Behind Marco Scutaro’s bat and Madison Bumgarner’s left arm, the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
Scutaro, who entered the game hitting 7-for-15 over his past four games, played a big role in the Giants’ scoring plays. He singled and scored in the sixth inning on Pablo Sandoval’s RBI knock, and in the seventh, he drove in Madison Bumgarner on a single down the right field line.
Scutaro’s later-inning contributions gave Bumgarner a nice cushion that he would need.
With the exception of a 27-pitch six inning, which he escaped unscathed, Bumgarner breezed through the first six innings without allowing a run. Then, despite quickly mustering two straight outs to open the seventh inning, he surrendered a single to Alberto Gonzalez, which kept the inning alive for Dioner Navarro. Navorro sliced the Giants lead to one with a two-run, pinch-hit homer, his second in as many days.
The Cubs rallied again in the eighth, this time against Jeremy Affeldt, who relieved Bumgarner after the 23-year-old pitched 6 2/3 innings. Affeldt allowed Starlin Castro to reach on a single, and Anthony Rizzo subsequently followed with a walk.
Manager Bruce Bochy replaced Affeldt with Santiago Casilla, and Casilla answered the bell. After Sandoval bobbled a ground ball (which Crawford scooped up to record an out at first), he intentionally loaded the bases by walking Nate Schierholtz. A risky move, yes, but he got Welington Castillo to ground into a double play on the very first pitch of the at-bat. Casilla pumped his fist, as the Giants escaped a big threat to secure Bumgarner’s third win of the season.
The Giants first run of the game came via Gregor Blanco’s RBI single that scored Andres Torres, who doubled to open up the fifth inning.
Scutaro singled to lead off the sixth inning, and a wild pitch by Jeff Samardzija allowed him to easily advance to second. Moments later, Sandoval singled him home for his 10th RBI of the year.
In the subsequent inning, Scutaro lined a single into right field, which scored Bumgarner thanks to a defensive error by the Cubs. Bumgarner, had the Cubs hit their cutoff in a timely fashion, probably would’ve been thrown out at the plate. But he will take it.
Bumgarner issued only two walks while striking out six batters.