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What a Crazy Game! Giants Beat Cubs!

Oh my goodness! What a crazy day! First it was Facebook stuff and then this game. Neither  Tim Lincecum for the Giants or Edwin Jackson for the Cubs threw well today.

The Giants added a run to  the board in the first inning.  With two outs and no one on base, Pablo Sandoval singled on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Hunter Pence singled on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Sandoval advanced to third. Pence stole (3) second base while Brandon Belt was batting. Belt walked, loading the bases. Catcher Dioner Navarro’s let a passed ball  go by while Gregor Blanco was batting, scoring Sandoval. Pence advanced to third and Belt advanced to second. Finally, pitcher Edwin Jackson got out the jam when Gregor Blanco struck out swinging. So, the Giants were winning, 1-0.

However, the Chicago Cubs were hitting the ball well off of Tim Lincecum. In the bottom of the first they  had a four-run rally. WOW!  David DeJesus led off with a walk. Starlin Castro homered (2) on a fly ball to left field. DeJesus and Castro scored. What a start for Lincecum! But that was not all. Anthony Rizzo was called out on srtikes. Nice. Alfonso Soriano came up to bat and he singled on a line drive to center fielder Angel Pagan. Former Giant, Nate Schierholtz hit a 2-run homer (2) on a fly ball to right field. Soriano and Schierholtz scored. Finally, Lincecum dominated  Dioner Navarro and Luis Valbuena to finish this terrible inning. After this first inning, Chicago Cubs led 4-1.

In the top of the second, the Giants tried to score more runs,  but they failed. With two outs and Hector Sanchez at first base, Angel Pagan singled on a ground ball to shortstop Starlin Castro, deflected by third baseman Luis Valbuena. Sanchez advanced to second. But, pitcher Edwin Jackson dominated Marco Scutaro who flied out to right fielder Nate Schierholtz.

In the fifth, Chicago looked for more runs. With two outs and two runners on bases, Anthony Rizzo came up to bat and he struck out swinging.

The Giants had a “happy inning” in the sixth. They scored four runs to take the lead, 5-4. Hunter Pence walked. On Edwin Jackson’s wild pitch while Brandon Belt was batting, Pence advanced to second. Finally, Belt walked. Gregor Blanco came up to bat and he doubled (1) on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schiorholtz, scoring Pence and Belt advanced to third. Hector Sanchez struck out on a foul tip. Brandon Crawford walked. Pitcher Edwin Jackson’s wild pitch allowed Brandon Belt to score, and Gregor Blanco advanced to third. That was all for Jackson. Pitcher Michael Bowden replaced Edwin Jackson. Pinch-hitter Nick Noonan came up to bat. Brandon Crawford advanced to second by Michael Bowden’s wild pitch while Nick Noonan was batting. Noonan Bowden hard. He singled on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Blanco and Crawford scored. This guy, Michael Bowden, was out of control. You know what happened next? Well…Nick Noonan advanced to second base by Bowden’s wild pitch while Angel Pagan was batting. Noonan advanced to third by Bowden’s wild pitch again while Angel Pagan continued batting. Finally, Pagan walked. However, Bowden got out of the jam with a Marco Scutaro  double play, second baseman Alberto Gonzalez to shortstop Starlin Castro to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Pagan was out at second.

In the seventh, the Giants scored one more. LOL! Pitcher Hector Rondon replaced Michael Bowden. Brandon Belt stole (1) second base while Gregor Blanco was batting. Blanco doubled (2) on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano, scoring Belt. Finally, hector Sanchez struck out swinging.

But, the Cubs came back to score one more run in the bottom of the seventh. Alberto Gonzalez homered (1) on a fly ball to left field. It was, Giants 6, Cubs 5.

In the eighth, the Chicago Cubs tied and then they took the lead, 7-6. Are you kidding me? Jeremy Affeldt replaced Chad Gaudin. Anthony Rizzo led off hitting a double (2) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Alfonso Soriano walked. Nate Schierholtz came up to bat and he was out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to first baseman Brandon Belt. Rizzo advanced to third and Soriano advanced to second. Affeldt intentionally walked Dioner Navarro, loading the bases. Luis Valbuena walked. Rizzo scored, loading the bases again! Affeldt was done. Santiago Casilla replaced Affeldt. Casilla faced Alberto Gonzalez who was out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Gregor Blanco, scoring Soriano. Casilla got out of the jam when pinch-hitter Scott Hairston grounded out, shortstop Brandon Crawford to first baseman Brandon Belt.

The San Francisco Giants came up to bat in the ninth and they tied the game! Yeah baby! Pitcher Shawn Camp replaced Carlos Marmol. Hunter Pence hit a solo HR (4) on a fly ball to center field.

The Cubs did not score any run in the bottom of the ninth. We were ready for extra-inning’s!

In the top of the tenth, the Giants scored three runs to win the game. Hector Sanchez singled on a ground ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Brandon Crawford singled on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Sanchez advanced to third. Sanchez scored on a balk while Buster Posey was batting. Crawford advanced to second. Posey singled on a sharp ground ball to center fielder David DeJesus, scoring Crawford. Marco Scutaro came up to bat with two outs and two runners on base.Scutaro doubled (3) on a sharp line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Pagan scored. That was all for Shawn Camp. Pitcher Rafael Dolis replaced Shawn Camp. Dolis dominated Pablo Sandoval with a fly out to center fielder David DeJesus.

Sergio Romo replaced George Kontos looking for his seventh save. He got it! Alfonso Soriano doubled (2) on a line drive to right field Hunter Pence. However, Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro and Luis Valbuena failed to bring in run. The Giants won 10-7. GO GIANTS!

Tim Lincecum (No Decision, 5.63 ERA.) threw five innings on six hits (two home runs). He also allowed four runs, all earned, walked only one and struck out four.

George Kontos (1-1, 7.71) won the game. He pitched 1.0 inning not allowing any runs. He also struck out one.

Sergio Romo (0-1, 2.35 ERA) got his seventh saved in eight opportunities. What a series!

The Giants will return to play Tuesday the 16th @Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ 5:10 PM (Pacific Time). Barry Zito (2-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for San Francisco and Wily Peralta (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will start for Brewers. As always, I believe Giants will win this series! Let’s go Giants!

 

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