National League Game Summary - Chicago at San Francisco
(Monday, June 4th)
Final Score: San Francisco 3, Chicago 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Vogelsong tossed seven solid innings
and the San Francisco Giants snuck past the road-weary Chicago Cubs, 3-2, to
complete a four-game sweep.
Vogelsong (4-2) gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out three for
the Giants, who went 6-1 on a seven-game homestand.
"I felt like that was definitely the best all-around stuff I had," Vogelsong
said. "It's kind of surprising I let up that many hits, but that was probably
the best I've felt stuff-wise this season."
The key to their success on the homestand was solid starting pitching. Giants
starters have now gone seven consecutive games tossing seven or more innings
while allowing two runs or fewer. The only other time since 1958 they've done
so for at least seven such starts was between July 1-10, 1988 (nine games).
Brandon Crawford had two RBI for the Giants, who earned their first four-game
sweep over the Cubs since June 17-20, 1999, at Candlestick Park. In addition,
Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 to extend his home hitting streak to 28 games, the
longest home hitting streak in Giants franchise history (since 1900).
Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on seven hits over five frames for the
Cubs, who have dropped 11 in a row on the road. Chicago last lost more than 10
straight road games in a single year during an 11-game drought from June
Carlos Marmol (0-2) gave up one run on one hit while walking two in the
seventh inning to take the loss.
Marmol entered with the game tied at two. Buster Posey walked, Pagan reached
base on an infield single and Brandon Belt walked to load the bases with no
outs. Joaquin Arias then grounded into a double play, but the go-ahead run
crossed the plate. James Russell came in from the bullpen and got Crawford
swinging to keep it 3-2.
Jeremy Affeldt tossed two perfect innings for his first save of the season.
The Cubs put two runs on the board in the second. Bryan LaHair and Darwin
Barney singled to put men on the corners with two outs. Steve Clevenger and
Samardzija followed with back-to-back RBI singles to make it 2-0.
San Francisco managed to get one run back in the bottom of the frame. Belt and
Arias started the inning with consecutive singles and Crawford knocked in Belt
with a double to right. The home team went on to load the bases with one out,
but Samardzija retired Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera to limit the damage.
The Giants were able to tie the game in the fifth, thanks to a mental error
from Starlin Castro. Posey walked, Pagan singled and Belt walked to load the
bases with no outs. After Arias lined out, Crawford hit a grounder to second
baseman Barney. The second baseman flipped the ball to Castro, who was
covering second, in hopes of starting a double play. Instead of throwing to
first, Castro started to jog off the field thinking the inning was over. The
tying run scored on the play.
"It's very embarrassing," Castro said. "I apologized to my team and everybody.
That kind of thing is not supposed to happen."
Chicago has not won in an opponent's ballpark since defeating St. Louis, 6-4,
on May 14...In 15 lifetime meetings with the Cubs, Vogelsong is 4-5...The Cubs
head to Milwaukee on Tuesday to start a three-game set, while the Giants go to
San Diego for a three-game series starting Tuesday.
06/04 22:12:33 ET
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