The Cubs started the day with a three game winning streak, and by the end of the day the Cubs had snapped a two game winning streak. And it felt every bit of a negative win tonight with Edwin Jackson doing Edwin Jackson things.
Baez Bright Spot
Javier Baez was one of the lone bright spots on the night for the Cubs. He made contact in each of his four at bats, and managed to hit a solid single. Baez playing short stop for the first time at the major league level was the highlight though. He was never really challenged tonight, but he made all the plays that were afforded to him. It was a nice showing, and almost the only positive thing that could be drawn from this, lets be charitable and call it a, game.
Edwin Jackson only last 2.2 innings tonight, and with a suspended game make up plus normal game to play tomorrow could have been disastrous. Carlos Villanueva gave up a home run, but did yeoman's work to get the game to the seventh inning. Kyuji Fujikawa was also tested a bit pitching two scoreless innings. All in all the damage to the Cubs pen could have been enormous, but those two allow the staff to fight another long day tomorrow.
I honestly don't have much desire to think about this game anymore. Instead in honor of Star Wars night here is Family Guy's take on the Cantina scene.
Third Star-Carlos Villanueva (3.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K)
Villanueva threw the most of any Cubs pitcher today and gave the Cubs a chance to come back. It never materialized, but he was the most valuable Cubs player in my book. Plus he threw a ridiculous 57 mph pitch. Which is just
Second Star-Jake Peavy (7 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 8 K)
Jake Peavy was surprisingly effective. The Cubs made a move in the second inning with an unlikely Chris Valaika home run, but were stymied the rest of the night. Peavy got into some minor trouble allowing a number of hits, but kept the Cubs off the board with either strikeouts or double play balls the rest of the night. A quality start for the struggling starter whose team's fortunes has changed dramatically in the past six hours.
First Star-Travis Ishikawa (3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR)
Ishikawa was the unlikely hero for the Giants. His 3 for 5 night proved the most decisive in the game. He also made several spectacular defensive plays as well. It isn't quite Jimmy Anderson's miraculous run against the Cubs, but it was no less frustrating watch a guy on his fifth team in three seasons play like an All-Star even for just a night.