Seven-plus hours after the supposed 1st pitch of the resumed game, which was affected by the rain delay, the Giants and Cubs complete their series at Wrigley Field, and in the full game (the regularly scheduled game) the Giants beat the Cubs 5-3 to take the series.
Madison Bumgarner was on the mound for the Giants, and besides giving up 3 runs in the first inning, Bumgarner was lights out in the other 6 innings he pitched. Bumgarner went seven innings pitched, giving up three runs, on seven hits, a walk, and threw 12 strikeouts. To describe how impressive he was he got the Cubs’ up and coming star Javier Baez to strike out four times, handing him the “golden sombrero”.
The Cubs did get to Bumgarner in the 1st inning, beginning with Justin Ruggiano going yard on Bumgarner, taking the ball beyond the Wrigley Field ivy in right field. That home run by Ruggiano put the Cubs on top 2-1 at the time. Immediately following that, catcher Wellington Castillo went back-to-back for the Cubs, making it a 3-1 Cubs lead.
If this was the Giants of June and July, you would imagine the Giants would be down and out and struggle to comeback, and yes even against a team like the Cubs. But this is the late August, and hopefully September Giants, and their hot run as of late, came to bat in the middle innings.
Before the Cubs went to bat in the 1st, Angel Pagan showed his impact as the lead-off hitter, and for the second straight day, he set up the table, by getting on-base, and Pablo Sandoval scored him in on a base hit to left field. Sandoval on the day, would go on to get three hits and two RBI’s in four at-bats.
In the middle innings down by two runs, the Giants went to bat. In the top of the 3rd inning, Sandoval got his second hit, as he doubled to score Buster Posey, to cut the deficit in half to just a run. In the 4th inning, Bumgarner tied it up, by scoring Joaquin Arias from 2nd base to make three all at Wrigley.
One of the things that has become apparent, not just by Pagan’s at-bat’s, is that the Giants are making an impact by way of their lead-off hitters. In the 5th inning, with Posey leading-off the inning, he hit a solo home run beyond the ivy in left-center field to put the Giants to the lead. Beyond the home run, Posey had an incredible night at Wrigley, going 4 for 4, with the HR and an RBI, after taking the night off on Wednesday due to a sore hip. This trend of lead-off batters getting on base, and/or making a game-changing impact is becoming apparent for the Giants, despite the fact they still struggle a little bit with the lead-off situations.
At the same time, one particular problem that kept occurring tonight for the Giants was the runners they keep leaving on-base at the end of their half of the inning. In the first inning, the Giants left the bases loaded, and couldn’t expand their early lead. This problem continued in a lesser role throughout the game. The Giants left a total of eight runners on-base all game.
Nonetheless the Giants, will be looking ahead at the next big challenge in the land of House of Cards (our nation’s capital Washington D.C.) to face the Washington Nationals.
-During an at-bat by the Cubs’ Arismendy Alcantara in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Bumgarner threw a pitch that looked a bit inside called a ball by the umpire, and the Cubs thought that pitch hit Alcantara, and requested for a review. The review confirmed the umpire’s call, and it remained a ball, and the Cubs were left without a replay. Later in top of the 4th inning, the run scored by Arias was questionable as it appears his foot was above home plate when he crossed the plate. But without challenges left, the Cubs could not request for a review to overturn the play.
-That’s all I have, other than CSN Bay Area went technical difficulties on us, sending the game into broadcasting apocalyptic hell.
The Giants make their way to Washington D.C. to take on the National League East Division-leading Nationals.
The Giants send Tim Hudson to the mound. Hudson is 8-9 on the season, with a 3.03 ERA. He has yet to pick up a win on his win-loss tally, since July 19th. Last time out against the Philadelphia Phillies, he was taken out early, going only four innings pitched, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, three walks and threw three strikeouts. He was handed a no-decision as the Giants came back and won that game 6-5.
The Nationals will send Doug Fister to the mound. Fister is 12-3 this season, with a 2.20 ERA. Last time out Fister pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and settled to a no-decision, going seven innings pitched, giving up no runs, on five hits, a walk and threw five strikeouts.
First pitch will be at 7:05 pm local time in the Nation’s Capital, and 4:05 pm Pacific time. The game will be on CSN Bay Area on the television, and KNBR 680 on the radio dial.