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Bumgarner Leads Giants to the Win!

It has not been an easy series for the Giants. Hey! The Chicago Cubs have been fighting every game and “we” San Francisco Giants fans suffer in each one.  This game was not an exception!

The Chicago Cubs had the opportunity to score in the second inning, but they failed! Alfonso Soriano led with a single on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Soriano advanced to second, on a throwing error by right fielder Hunter Pence. Scott Hairston was hit by a pitch. Soriano stole (1) third base and Hairston stole (1) second base while Welington Castillo was batting. Then, Castillo struck out swinging. Brent Lillibridge came up to bat and he  also struck out swinging. Madison Bumgarner intentionally walked Alberto Gonzalez, loading the bases. Bumgarner got out of the jam with when pitcher Jeff Samardzija ground out softly, shortstop Brandon Crawford to first baseman Brandon Belt.

The Giants scored one run in the fifth.  Andres Torres led off with double (3) on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Brandon Crawford grounded out, shortstop Starlin Castro to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner came up to bat and he flied out to center fielder Dave Sappelt. Gregor Blanco singled  on a line drive to right fielder Scott Hairston, scoring Torres. Gregor Blanco was out at second on the throw, right fielder Scott Hairston to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to shortstop Starlin Castro.

The Giants continued attacking Jeff Samardzija in the sixth. Marco Scutaro singled on a ground ball to center fielder Dave Sappelt.  Scutaro advanced to second on Samardzija’s wild pitch, while Pablo Sandoval was batting. Sandoval singled on a ground ball to center fielder Dave Sappelt bringing in one run. Scutaro scored.  Buster Posey came up to bat and he was hit by the  pitch. Sandoval advanced to second. However, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Andres Torres failed to bring in more runs!

The Giants scored one more run in the seventh. Pitcher Michael Bowden replaced Jeff Samardzija. Brandon Crawford led off with a singled on a soft ground ball to shortstop Starlin Castro. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit a sacrifice bunt. Crawford advanced to second. Bumgarner was to first.  With two runners on bases and one out, Marco Scutaro came up to bat and he singled on a line drive to right fielder Scott Hairston.  Bumgarner scored. Finally, pitcher Bowden got out of the jam with a Pablo Sandoval ground into a double play, shortstop Starlin Castro to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Scutaro was out at second. So, San Francisco led 3-0.

The Chicago Cubs were not done! They scored two more  runs. With two outs and no one on base, Alberto Gonzalez singled on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. And… pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro homered (2) on a fly ball to left center field. Alberto Gonzalez and Navarro scored. That was all for pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Jeremy Affeldt replaced Bumgarner. Affeldt dominated Dave Sappelt with a fly out to right fielder Hunter Pence.  The Giants led 3-2, after seven innings.

In the eighth, The Cubs almost tied the game. Starling Castro singled on a ground ball to center fielder Gregor Blanco. Anthony Rizzo walked. Castro advanced to second. That was all for Affeldt! Santiago Casilla replaced Affeldt.  Alfonso Soriano came up to bat and he grounded out, third baseman Pablo Sandoval to shortstop Brandon Crawford to first baseman Brandon Belt. Castro advanced to third and Rizzo advanced to second. Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz was intentionally walked by Santiago Casilla, loading the bases. Then, pitcher Santiago Casilla faced Welington Castillo who grounded into a double play, shortstop Brandon Crawford to second baseman Marco Scutaro to first baseman Brandon Belt.

The Cubs came up to bat in the ninth. They were looking to repeat what happened one day before. This time the history was different! Santiago Casilla retired 1-2-3 with two strike-outs.

Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.77 ERA) struck out six and walked two (one intentional) in 6 2/3 innings. He also allowed two runs, two earned runs on six hits (a home run), and he hit one batter.

Jeremy Affeldt (0-0), 2.08 ERA) threw 1/3 allowing  a single. He also did no strike out any and walked one.

Santiago Casilla (1-0, 1.50 ERA) pitched 2.0 innings on 0 hits. He struck out two and walked one (one intentional). Casilla saved his first game in his first opportunity. Very nice!

The series finale is tomorrow Sunday the 14th @Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois @11:20 AM (Pacific Time).  Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91 ERA) will start for San Francisco and Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73 ERA) will n start for Chicago. Who will win this game? Ah…I think San Francisco will get it!