National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 14th
(All times eastern)
San Francisco Giants (8-4) at Chicago Cubs (4-7), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91)
Chicago - Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73)
(Sports Network) - Tim Lincecum tries to keep his Wrigley Field record perfect
as the San Francisco Giants conclude their four-game series against the
Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Lincecum is coming off a rough start Tuesday against the Rockies. The right-
hander allowed four hits and six runs over six innings in a no-decision.
However, he's 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five career starts at Wrigley Field.
Lincecum is 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 overall starts against the Cubs in his
Edwin Jackson, who is also off to a troubled start this season, counters for
the Cubs. The righty has dropped both his starts, including a 7-4 defeat to
Milwaukee on Monday. Jackson yielded eight hits and five runs along with five
walks over six frames.
Jackson sports a 2-2 record with a 4.73 ERA in five games (4 starts) when
facing the Giants.
Yesterday, Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the top of the seventh proved to be
the difference in San Francisco's 3-2 win.
Scutaro went 3-for-4 and also scored a run for the Giants, who bounced back
from Friday's 4-3 loss. Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco added an RBI apiece.
San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner (3-0) gave up two runs on six hits
while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. Santiago Casilla tossed two
scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first save of the season.
"The pitching picked us up and won that game for us," Giants manager Bruce
Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who went 0-for-6 with runners
in scoring position and stranded seven. Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4.
Jeff Samardzija (1-2) allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings to take
"You play a team like that, and you have to get ahead in the count,"
Samardzija said. "They work the count and they make you throw a lot of
pitches. They stay short and have a game plan."
San Francisco has won nine of the last 11 head-to-head meetings.
04/14 10:28:17 ET