National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 13th
(All times eastern)
San Francisco Giants (7-4) at Chicago Cubs (4-6), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32)
Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.63)
(Sports Network) - Jeff Samardzija is coming off a career-high strikeout
performance, but also a loss. The right-hander makes his first home start of
the season on Saturday for the Chicago Cubs in the third installment of a
Samardzija struck out 13 batters at Atlanta April 7, but suffered a 5-1 loss.
He gave up four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. For his career, Samardzija
owns a 2.53 ERA with no decisions in six appearances (one start) against the
Madison Bumgarner tries for his third win in as many starts of the season this
afternoon for the Giants. The lefty tossed 5 2/3 innings in a victory at
Colorado Monday. He owns a 3-2 record with a 2.79 ERA in six career outings
against the Cubs.
Yesterday, Starlin Castro's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning
lifted the Cubs to a 4-3 win.
Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro greeted Sergio Romo (0-1) with a game-tying solo
homer to right to start the bottom of the ninth, and three batters later,
David DeJesus singled to keep the game alive. Castro then drilled a ball to
center, just beyond the reach of Angel Pagan and off the ivy, to produce the
"That's the guy we want up in that situation," DeJesus said of Castro.
It rescued Kyuji Fujikawa (1-0), who entered the game with a 2-0 lead but gave
up three runs in the top of the ninth.
DeJesus and Castro added solo homers for the Cubs, who lost Thursday's series
opener by a 7-6 count.
Brandon Belt slugged a two-run double and Pablo Sandoval added a run-scoring
hit for the Giants, who scored three times in the ninth inning before Romo
"I like how our guys fought back there in the ninth," Giants manager Bruce
San Francisco has won eight of the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
04/13 10:28:17 ET