Frustrating Loss--Giants 5 Cubs 4 (13 innings)

This one started out so promisingly as Johnny Cueto struggled to start the game. Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jason Heyward drew a walk to give the Cubs two runners with no outs, but the next three batters were retired without a run crossing the plate.

Mike Montgomery was not sharp. Chase d'Arnaud hit a solo shot to give the Giants an early lead. Monty walked Andrew McCutchen around retiring Belt and Posey for two outs in the frame. Brandon Crawford hit a ball back up the middle that Monty was unable to glove. Gorkys Hernandez doubled and an error by Ben Zobrist allowed a pair of runs to score and Hernandez to reach third. Steven Duggar singled back up the middle to make it a 4-0 Giants lead before Montgomery finally ended the inning.

Cueto pitched around a pair of two out singles in second inning, but the score remained 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second. Monty recovered to retire the side in order. Heyward hit a solo shot to get the Cubs on the board in the third inning, but it looked like Cueto settled into the game retiring the side afterwards. It looked like Montgomery would give the run right back in the bottom half of the third. McCutchen and Posey singled to start the frame, and McCutchen advanced to third on Brandon Crawford's fielder's choice. A Hernandez groundout in the infield couldn't drive in McCutchen, who remained planted at third as Duggar grounded out to end the frame.

The Cubs were able to run up the pitch count against Cueto, but the score remained 4-1 heading into the fifth inning. Cueto walked Jason Heyward to start the inning, and Kris Bryant launched a home run to dead center to make it a 4-3 ballgame. Anthony Rizzo walked to keep things going, but again the Cubs went quietly afterwards. Montgomery kept the Giants off the board for another frame to turn it into a battle of the bullpens in the sixth inning.

The Giants combination of Ty Blach and Reyes Moronta to keep the Cubs down one after six innings. Randy Rosario pitched around a couple of two out singles to keep the Cubs within one. Tony Watson was the next Giants reliever and Javier Báez tied the game with one swing. That was the last time a Cubs hitter reached second base in the game. Watson pitched through the seventh. Mark Melancon pitched the eighth inning and the Giants closer Will Smith took two innings. Derek Rodriguez took the ball in the eleventh inning and put three more zeroes on the board. It would be enough to get the Giants another win.

Pedro Strop and Justin Wilson combined to get into the eighth inning. Luke Farrell pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth inning and put another zero on the board in the tenth inning. Brandon Morrow looked good in his return in the tenth inning, but that left James Norwood as the only available arm once the game hit 11. Norwood struck out Crawford in his big league matchup and managed to throw an inning and two thirds. The Giants, however, mercifully ended the game in the thirteenth inning with some two out magic. Brandon Belt walked and McCutchen singled to give the Giants a scoring chance. Posey hit a single into the outfield grass to drive in the winning run. The Cubs dropped their first series since the dreadful Reds sweep.

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  • Cubs lost because they gave up 4 runs in the first inning. Coincidentally a report is emerging the Cubs are seriously thinking of trading their starting SS and platoon OF'er for a genuine TOR pitcher. This is the stuff I expect out of the best FO in baseball.

    Plus the fact they have the depth to not miss a beat in the overall measurement of runs and runs defended with this trade where in the playoffs outs by a TOR pitcher can make the difference.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    This is the time a lot of crazy rumors get spread. I will believe your rumor when it happens.

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    In reply to rnemanich:

    Where did you read the report? And which platoon outfielder?

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    I could see Russell and Happ for deGrom.....maybe

    But not for Fulmer, Archer or much else out there....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    More chatter in this realm. I have to say that Russell appears to have stabilized his game, but for some reason unstated the Cubs have floated his name in the off season and now it is being floated during the season. As for both Happ and Russell there is depth that includes Baez and Zobrist on the IF and or OF as in Zobrist where in the development of Bote Cubs have more depth.

    Thus in the grand scheme is whether a TOR pitcher in deGrom's class is his value every 5th game equal to or more than Happ and Russell. Well fWAR has deGrom at 4.4 now and Russell at 2.1 and Happ 1.3 or total 3.4, therefore on the stathead this is a gain of 1.1 game.

    All the emotion affection towards Cubs players by Cubs fans is natural, but in the playoffs having deGrom, Lester, Hendricks and hope hope hope Darvish is as strong as any team in the hunt.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    My only problem with trade is we shouldn’t be in the need for a TOR starter. We signed Darvish and traded half the system for Q.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Fair, but injuries (Darvish), ineffectiveness (Chatwood) & below normal years (Hendricks & Q) happen & change things. Chatwood especially has made the Darvish injury that much larger. Chatwood’s escapades don’t afford them the luxury to see more of what Underwood (or other in-house option) can do. They can’t have 2 guys pitching less than 5 innings per start in the middle of a division/pennant race.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Darvish “injury” can be classified as mental and ineffective as well. We tried so hard to have a stacked staff. Joe even said was best rotation he has been around coming out of spring training. Just frustrating but that is baseball.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I'd be ok with those two for DeGrom, Syndegaard or Fulmer, but probably not anyone else. Fulmer might be the best of the bunch.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    That's interesting. I expect lots of rumors as the deadline nears, but I'm not convinced that Darvish is going to be much help this year and Chatwood scares me every time he takes the hill. I wonder if this is a continuation of the J.A. Happ rumors...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    J.A. Happ got lit up for the fourth straight game. If they are after him, they’re goofy.

  • Despite the loss I thought norwood was pretty good he was throwing heat. Lost control in the 2nd time he was out there but he was solid for a rookie debuting in the fire.

  • At the least the brewers lost

  • And I kind of wonder if Heywerd catches that drive against the wall that ended the game...

  • In reply to ItFinallyHappened:

    He absolutely does. That was a well below average play by Bryant. He showed his inexperience there. Just saw the highlights from the game and couldn’t believe THAT was the hit that won the game.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    To be fair San Franciso is a tough outfield to play, but yeah it wasn't particularly well struck.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Yes, it can be tough. He seemed to lose sense of where he was in relation to the wall and how he could make that grab. That is inexperience.

  • Score a run, ONE run, in the 8th - 9th - 10th - 11th - 12th, and Bryant's missed catch doesn't happen.

  • Cubs lost two games in SF by the difference of two late game foul balls that were HR distance (Almora game one and Russell game three) both balls missed by less than 10 feet the foul pole.

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