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What a Game! Cubs End Giants Winning Streak!

I love watching a pitcher’s duel, however, I enjoy it even more when my team wins! The Giants were losing through seven innings, then, they came from behind to win. However, pitcher Sergio Romo blew it! The Chicago Cubs beat San Francisco, 4-3.

Matt Cain pitched well for San Francisco. HOORAY! And Carlos Villanueva threw very well for the Cubs. Both pitchers dominated batters.

In the bottom of third, the Chicago Cubs scored a run with David DeJesus’ solo HR (1) on a fly ball to right field.

In the top of fifth, the Giants had a chance to tie the game, however, they failed to bring run in. Hunter Pence singled on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Pence stole (2) second base while Brandon Belt was batting. Belt lined out to center fielder David DeJesus. Finally, Villanueva dominated Gregor Blanco with a ground out to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

In the bottom of fifth, the Cubs added one more run with Starlin Castro’s solo HR (1) on a fly ball to left center field.

Matt Cain (No Decision) struck out six and walked two (one intentional) in seven innings Friday afternoon allowing two earned runs and seven hits (two doubles, two home runs). His ERA is 5.94.

Carlos Villanueva  pitched well against  San Francisco during the first seven innings, allowing only two hits.

San Francisco came back and tried to score runs in the 8th inning. With one out, Gregor Blanco singled on a ground ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. That was all for Villanueva! Pitcher James Russell replaced Carlos Villanueva. Brandon Belt singled on a ground ball to center fielder David DeJesus. Blanco advanced to third. It was a “golden opportunity” for pinch-hitter Andres Torres to bring in run. But, he failed.Torres grounded into a double play, third baseman Luis Valbuena to second baseman Alberto Gonzalez to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Brandon Crawford was out at second.

Carlos Villanueva (No Decision) struck out three and walked only one in 7 and 1/3 allowing no runs, and only three hits (all singles). His ERA is 0.64. WOW!

In the top of ninth, the Giants scored three runs to take the lead. Picher Kyuji Fujikama replaced James Russell. Marco Scutaro (2) doubled on a line drive to center fielder David DeJesus. Scutaro advanced to third on Fujikama’s wild pitch, while Pablo Sandoval was batting. Sandoval singled on a fly ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz, scoring Scutaro. Pinch-runner Joaquin Arias replaced Sandoval. Buster Posey came up to bat and he was hit by the pitch. Arias advanced to second. Then, Hunter Pence grounded into a force out, shortstop Starlin Castro to second baseman Alberto Gonzalez. Joaquin Arias advanced to third. Posey was out at second. Hunter Pence was to first. Brandon Belt came up to bat and he doubled (3) on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schierholtz, bringing in two runs! Arias and Pence scored. Finally, Fujikama got out of the jam with a Gregor Blanco ground out, second baseman Alberto Gonzalez to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

But, Chicago was not done. They came to bat in the ninth inning trailing by one, 3-2.  Reliever Sergio Romo replaced George Kontos, looking for his 7th save in equal number of opportunities. This time, he could not save the game. Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro homered (1) on a fly ball to right field. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging. Then, pinch-hitter Brent Lillibridge was called out on strikes. With two outs and no one on base, Giants fans like me hoped this game would to go extra innings, but it was not possible! David DeJesus singled on a line drive to center fielder Angel Pagan. Starlin Castro came up to bat and he killed San Francisco fans’ hopes! Castro doubled (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. DeJesus scored. And it was over! The Chicago Cubs victory snapped the Giants’ four-game winning streak!

Reliever Kyuji Fujikama did not throw well, however, he won! LOL! Are you kidding me? Fujikama pitched 1.0 inning allowing three runs, all earned on three hits (two doubles). He did not walk and no strike outs. His ERA is 12.46.

Sergio Romo (0-1, 2.70 ERA) blew his first game. He threw 2/3 innings allowing two runs, all earned on three hits ( a double, a home run). Romo also did not walk  any and struck out two.

This series will continue tomorrow Saturday the 13th @Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois @10:05 AM (Pacific Time). Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will start for San Francisco and Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.63 ERA) will start for Chicago. Hopefully, the Giants win tomorrow!