The San Francisco Giants received a great effort from Matt Cain on Friday night, and the Giants got a great start from Madison Bumgarner on Saturday night.
On Friday, they lost. On Saturday, they also lost.
Nate Schierholtz’s solo home run in the ninth inning propelled the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the Giants. The Giants are now 46-57, and they are nine games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, they are in last place.
Madison Bumgarner threw an eight-inning gem, as he surrendered just four hits. However, Sergio Romo came into the game in the ninth inning, and he surrendered runs for the second consecutive night. This time, however, the run was earned.
Brandon Belt’s fielding mistake cost the team last night, and Romo’s location mistake cost the team tonight. Belt almost avenged his mistake from last night tonight, but his line drive in the seventh inning was caught by a leaping Anthony Rizzo. Belt walked in the ninth, and the Giants loaded the bases in that inning.
Then, Tony Abreu grounded into a game-ending double play.
In the eighth inning, the Giants had the bases loaded for Buster Posey, who grounded into a fielder’s choice. The same happened to Pablo Sandoval, and Hunter Pence followed by striking out. The Giants blew three huge opportunities today, and they paid the price.
Chris Rusin didn’t pay the price for giving in to Belt in the seventh inning, as Rizzo made a great catch. However, otherwise, he pitched beautifully for the Cubs, and while he received a no-decision, he pitched beautifully.
He took a perfect game into the fifth inning and kept his pitch count at a great spot, which allowed him to dominate late into the game.
Pedro Strop didn’t exactly dominate, but he wiggled out of a jam to end the eighth inning. Strop earned the win, and Kevin Gregg picked up his 21st save. Gregg struggled, but he also worked his way out of a jam.
The Cubs are 1.5 games ahead of the Giants in the Wild Card race, which isn’t great for the Giants at all. The Dodgers are pulling away from the Giants, which will likely lead to the Giants selling off key pieces at the 2013 MLB trade deadline.
Anyone who watched tonight’s game knows why.