The San Francisco Giants made some progress from last night’s debacle by managing to score a run, but still fell to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon by the score of 2-1, as the “Lovable Losers” swept the World Series champions on the road.
Tim Lincecum was solid in seven innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out 10 batters in a 115-pitch outing.
However, the long ball cost him.
The Cubs broke through first in the fifth inning when Travis Wood, the Cubs pitcher, smashed a homer to deep left. For a Giants team that hasn’t homered in 75 innings, to see an opposing pitcher hit one out had to be an insult to injury.
Then, in the seventh, with the game tied at 1-1, Wellington Castillo stepped up and drilled one out to deep left center, another solo shot to give the Cubs the lead.
Once again, the Giants had their fair share of opportunities to score, but just could not get the clutch hit. They had bases loaded with two out in the third, but Hunter Pence popped up meekly to the pitcher in foul territory on the first pitch he saw.
In the fifth they loaded the bases again, this time with nobody out. But in a cruel twist of dejá vù, Buster Posey hit into a double play when Lincecum decided to stand still at third base on a ground ball, allowing the Cubs to turn two. Fortunately, Pablo Sandoval picked up the slack with a two-out double to score a run and tie the game.
But that would be all the Giants could muster up against Wood, who went seven innings as well and allowed just one run on four hits. In the ninth inning, Kensuke Tanaka, the potential tying run, reached third with two out, but Gregor Blanco popped out to conclude matters.
So the freefall continues, as the Giants keep fading into the abyss, game by game, as their lost season rolls on.