National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Chicago|
(Saturday, April 13th)
Final Score: San Francisco 3, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the top of the
seventh proved to be the difference, as the San Francisco Giants held off the
Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the third installment of a four-game series.
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."
The Cubs failed to take advantage of a great scoring opportunity in the second
inning. Soriano led off with a single and moved to second on right fielder
Hunter Pence's throwing error. After Scott Hairston was hit by a pitch, the
two runners pulled off a double steal. Following a pair of strikeouts,
Bumgarner intentionally walked Alberto Gonzalez to load the bases. Samardzija
grounded out to end the threat.
San Francisco broke a scoreless tie in the fifth after Andres Torres doubled
to left-center field and raced home on Blanco's single to right.
The Giants tacked on another run during their next at-bat. Scutaro led off
with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Sandoval's base
hit up the middle, making it 2-0.
Chicago left men on the corners in the bottom half.
San Francisco scored once more in the seventh to make it a 3-0 game. With
Michael Bowden pitching, Brandon Crawford started things with an infield
single. Bumgarner then reached first on a sacrifice bunt and the runners moved
up a base when Blanco grounded into a fielder's choice. Scutaro followed with
an RBI single to right.
Navarro's blast in the bottom half got the Cubs within one. With two outs,
Gonzalez singled and scored on pinch-hitter Navarro's homer to left-center
Chicago loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. However, Welington
Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Cubs placed recently anointed closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled
list with a muscular strain of his right forearm. Chicago recalled pitcher
Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa to fill the roster spot ... Bumgarner improved
to 4-2 in seven career outings against the Cubs.
04/13 18:57:49 ET