The Cubs road woes continued for at least another night. So at least one narrative continues. Another one was shown to be meaningless in the shutdown inning. Yu Darvish was twice given a lead and twice he went right back out there and shut down the opposition. Unfortunately an inning later, the Giants were able to tie and then take the lead. Ace Madison Bumgarner actually was less successful by this measure, but the Giants managed a three run blitz in the fourth. The Cubs fought back to tie the game, but couldn't scratch across a go ahead run. A walkoff home run by Pablo Sandoval meant the Giants remain red hot winning another one run and/or extra inning game.
The game started off promisingly for the second night in a row. Kyle Schwarber struck out to start the game, but Javier Baez ripped a double into left field. Kris Bryant singled to drive in Javy and put the Cubs ahead for the first time. Anthony Rizzo hit into the shift and Bryant ran into a double play to end the inning.
Yu Darvish looked strong to start the game. Buster Posey hit a one out single but was erased on Pablo Sandoval's double play ball. Bumgarner worked around a two out walk to Robel Garcia in the second to keep the Cubs at one run. Alex Dickerson presence in the lineup was felt instantly in the bottom half of the the inning. Dickerson doubled in the center. Brandon Crawford made a productive out that loomed large when Mike Yastrzemski hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Javy and KB went back to work in the third inning. Baez reached on a two out single. Javy then stole second and then third base with Bryant at the plate. Bryant hit another single to drive in Baez to put the Cubs back ahead 2-1. Darvish yielded a two out single in the bottom half of the frame, but struck out Buster Posey to end the third.
Madison Bumgarner locked in at this point and retired the next nine Cubs he faced to roll into the seventh inning. Yu Darvish was not able to match him when Alex Dickerson hit a juiced ball homer to tie the game with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Crawford followed that up with a hard hit single and Darvish lost on Yastrzemski on pitches. Kevin Pillar doubled into centerfield to put the Giants ahead 4-2. Darvish retired Joe Panik and Bumgarner to end the inning.
Darvish was able to throw a pair of 1-2-3 innings of his own to keep the Cubs in the game. Jason Heyward broke Bumgarner's streak to start the seventh inning with a double. Bumgarner punched out Garcia, but Victor Caratini's single gave the Cubs yet another base hit with runners in scoring position. David Bote pinch hit and struck out in place of Darvish. Bumgarner escaped the seventh without any further damage to leave the game still leading 4-3.
Rowan Wick was the first Cubs reliever, and he looked sharp. The bullpen has long been identified as a weak spot and Wick is continuing to make a case to be a more trusted member of it. Hard throwing Reyes Moronta took over in the eighth inning. He punched out Javy to start the frame. Kris Bryant continued loving being the Cubs 3 hole hitter with another extra base hit. Bryant was able to advance on his double when Rizzo grounded out to the pitcher. Daniel Descalso pinch hit for Albert Almora Jr., and miraculously drew a base on ball. Bruce Bochy brought in the lefty Tony Watson to face Heyward, but J-Hey did what he was signed to do three years ago. Heyward's ball squirted through the infield to drive in Bryant to tie the game at 4. Robel Garcia struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch to leave the game tied.
Rowan Wick started off the bottom half of the eighth. He lost Brandon Belt and that was enough for Maddon to send for Brandon Kintzler. Kris Bryant made a nice diving catch to rob Buster Posey for the first out in the inning. Then Kintzler did what he does best in inducing a groundball. The bouncer off the bat of Sandoval took Javy right to the bag who then fired to first to end the inning.
Cubs fans then got to see Will Smith up close and personal. He induced three straight groundballs. The second one off the bat of David Bote resulted in an infield single when Sandoval's throw took Belt off the bag. However, Addison Russell continued to make himself a fan favorite by hitting into an inning ending double play. Tim Collins pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his return to the big league team to send the game to extra innings.
Will Smith made quick work of the Cubs in the tenth. Steve Cishek went out there in the tenth inning, and Kevin Pillar jumped on the second pitch he saw to nearly end the game right there. Instead it was a double with no outs. Joe Panik hit a pop fly that kept Pillar at second. Stephen Vogt hit a deep fly ball that advanced Pillar to third but resulted in the second out of the inning. Maddon elected to walk Belt to have Cishek to face Posey. Cishek drilled Posey on a pitch that badly missed to load the bases. Sandoval hit an easy groundball to Descalso to let Cishek off the hook and send the game into the eleventh.
The Cubs again went quietly in the eleventh. Craig Kimbrel matched Smith's 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half of the frame. The Cubs hit into another double play in the twelfth that killed the momentum following the leadoff single from Caratini. Mark Melancon finished off the inning easily following the double play. Brad Brach worked around a two out walk to keep the game going, but when he went back out in the thirteenth he gave up a deep drive to Pablo Sandoval. Robel Garcia attempted to make a game saving catch at the wall, but the ball bounced into the stands for the walkoff winner.
I am not entirely sure I am not a hummingbird at this point.