National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Chicago
(Friday, August 31st)
Final Score: Chicago 6, San Francisco 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano drove in three runs to support
Chris Volstad and help the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants, 6-4, in
the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Volstad (2-9) limited the National League West leaders to two runs on five
hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. The Chicago right-hander had snapped
a 24-start winless streak in his last outing Sunday.
"Since he's been back, he's done a pretty good job," Cubs manager Dale Sveum
said about Volstad. "There haven't been no big blowups. He's been pitching
fairly deep into the games and shutting guys down pretty good."
Madison Bumgarner (14-9) pitched only four frames for the Giants, allowing
five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and two walks.
"(Bumgarner) was a little bit off today," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Buster Posey finished 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI for San Francisco, which
had won six in a row on the road and was coming off a three-game sweep in
After capping a three-run ninth-inning rally with a walk-off hit Thursday
against the Milwaukee Brewers, Soriano picked up right where he left off in
his first two at-bats on Friday.
Soriano opened the scoring in the first with a two-out single that plated
Joe Mather, who had walked to begin the inning and later stole second base.
The Cubs pushed four runs across -- all with two outs -- in the third, and
Soriano's hot bat came through again. After the first two batters were
retired, Soriano followed an Anthony Rizzo single with a home run to left
field, his 24th of the season.
Chicago then took a 4-0 lead on Welington Castillo's RBI double. Starlin
Castro, who singled, scored on a close play at the plate. Castillo hit a shot
off the left-field wall. Gregor Blanco hit cutoff man Joaquin Arias, who threw
a strike to the plate. Posey lost the ball after applying a sweep tag to
Castro. The ball wound up rolling away from the plate, and by the time
Bumgarner retrieved it, Castillo was able to score as well.
The Giants got on the board in the fourth when Pablo Sandoval scored from
first on a two-out double by Posey.
After Rizzo clubbed a leadoff home run -- the ball initially was ruled to have
been in play, but overturned after a video review -- off George Kontos in the
fifth, Sandoval plated Angel Pagan with a sacrifice fly in the next frame.
Volstad was removed after walking Posey and giving up a single to Hunter
Pence. Jeff Beliveau retired Brandon Belt on a deep fly ball to right for the
Cubs reliever Shawn Camp, appearing in his 500th career game, gave up singles
to three of the first four batters he faced in the eighth. Posey drove in
Pagan and Ryan Theriot scored on a Pence groundout, trimming San Francisco's
deficit to 6-4.
Carlos Marmol earned his 17th save with a flawless ninth.
The Cubs improved to 11-2 against NL West teams at Wrigley Field this season,
but are winless against those clubs on the road (0-13) ... Chicago had lost
five straight to the Giants, including a four-game sweep from June 1-4 ...
Marmol notched his 112th save to tie Randy Myers for third-most in team
history ... Before the game, the Cubs recalled Beliveau from Triple-A Iowa and
optioned pitcher Brooks Raley to the minors.
08/31 20:01:27 ET
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