It wasn’t just a fine performance on the mound for Travis Wood but also a notable one in the batter’s box.
Wood (W, 7-7) goes seven innings allowing no runs on four hits and four walks while also getting two hits as a batter, including a homer in the 5th off of Tim Lincecum (L, 5-11). Cubs (48-55) would win by a final of 2-1. The Cubs complete a three-game sweep of the Giants (46-58), first time they’ve done that in San Francisco in 20 years.
The one run against Wood would come in the bottom of the 5th off a double by Pablo Sandoval to left scoring in Marco Scutaro. The run would not count as an earned run against Wood becuase of a fielding error earlier in the inning.
Wood would stay in the game and pitch two more solid innings not allowing another hit.
Meanwhile, Wood’s catcher Wellington Castillo would break up the 1-1 tie in the 7th with a home run off of Lincecum.
Despite the home runs allowed, Lincecum had a respectable line score allowing just two runs in seven innings on four hits and two walks while striking out ten. Lincecum even got a couple of hits in lineup going 2-2.
“Tim did a great job,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Not only did he pitch well, he got a couple of hits there. It’s a shame he couldn’t get him the win.
“In all my years I’ve never seen a team go through such a hard time getting runs in like we’re having right now. It’s a shame because we’re getting such great pitching.”
San Francisco only managed three runs in the entire series.
The Giants would get just five hits in the game and one after Wood departed. Outfielder Hunter Pence would get an infield single in the 8th inning with two outs.
Despite it all, the Giants still had a shot in the 9th against Cubs closer Kevin Gregg. Pinch Hitter Kensuke Tanaka would be walked by Gregg with two outs. Then during the following at bat, Tanaka would steal 2nd and then make it to 3rd on a throwing error by Castillo. However, Gregor Blanco failed to get the tying run home popping out to Starlin Castro at short to end the game and the series.
All three games were close enough for the Giants to win. In game one on Friday, the Giants let a one-run lead slip away in the 9th inning. The Cubs had runners on the corners with two outs when Anthony Rizzo hit a hard grounder to first that would’ve ended the game. Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt, however, could not handle the sharply hit ground ball allowing it to go under his glove and into the outfield. The tying and go ahead runs would score for Chicago as they went on to win 3-2.
Game two on Saturday would prove to be another heartbreaker for San Francisco. With the bases loaded in the 8th and nobody out, the Giants failed to get one run in with a couple of fiedler’s choice outs at the plate and Hunter Pence striking out to end the inning. Then former Giant Nate Schierholtz would hit a solo home run to right off of Giants closer Sergio Romo (L, 3-6) in the top of the 9th.
San Francisco had another bases loaded chance in the bottom of the 9th with one out. However, pinch hitter Tony Abreu would hit into a double play to seal a 1-0 Cubs victory.
The Giants now hit the road again which includes a stop in Washington D.C. Later today, the team will be honored at the White House for their World Series Championship acquired last October. This will be the second time that President Obama will honor the Giants with the first occuring two years ago after the Giants beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
After their trip to the White House, the Giants will then head to Philadelphia to play a three game series with the Phillies (49-56). San Francisco’s probables are Barry Zito (4-7), Chad Gaudin (4-2), and Matt Cain (6-6). Philadelphia’s probables are John Lannan (2-4), Kyle Kendrick (9-7), and Cole Hamels (4-13).
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Written by Daniel Trucios