The Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants with a score of 12-11 on Wednesday night in what was a ridiculous see-saw battle.
The Giants scored two runs in the first off of Cubs starter Yu Darvish. Mike Yastrzemski led off with a single to right. After Scooter Gennett grounded in to a forceout with Yastrzemski out at second, Evan Longoria homered to left field. Alex Dickerson doubled, but Darvish got the second and third outs on a groundout and flyout to end the inning at 2-0.
Jason Heyward led off the bottom of the first with a walk and Nick Castellanos quickly tied it up at 2-2 with his 19th home run of the season off of Giants starter Dereck Rodríguez. Kris Bryant flew out, Anthony Rizzo popped out, and Javier Báez struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs pulled into the lead in the second inning. Kyle Schwarber grounded out to first for the first out, but Ian Happ and Victor Caratini followed with consecutive walks. Happ stole second while Caratini was at bat. Darvish then got himself an RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. After Heyward grounded into a forceout with Darvish out at second, Castellanos singled to score Caratini. The inning ended with the Cubs ahead 4-2 after a strikeout from Bryant.
Darvish struck out the side in the top of the third, with swinging strikeouts from Yastrzemski, Gennett, and Longoria.
Rizzo led off the bottom of the third with a single, and Schwarber brought him home with this 29th home run of the season. The Cubs were now up by 6-2.
Brandon Crawford doubled with one out to center in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Donovan Solano struck out swinging, but Yastrzemski followed with a home run to bring the Giants within two at 6-4.
Rizzo was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth, followed by a two-out walk from Happ. Caratini singled and scored Rizzo, changing the lead to 7-4. He then stole second, his first career stolen base, but Darvish grounded out to short to end the inning.
Things got really ugly for Darvish in the seventh. He got a strikeout from Longoria to start the inning, and then Dickerson reached on a missed catch error by the pitcher. The Giants tied it up on consecutive home runs from Stephen Vogt and Kevin Pillar. With the score now at 7-7, Darvish was pulled and Derek Holland took over for the Cubs. Darvish went 5.1 innings with seven hits, seven runs (six earned), no walks, and eight strikeouts.
Brandon Belt was the first batter that Holland faced, and he walked him. Brandon Crawford then singled on a ball that was deflected by Holland. Pinch-hitter Austin Slater hit a two RBI double and the Giants were now leading 9-7. The inning finally ended on a strikeout from Gennett, with a few boos coming from the crowd.
The Giants sent Trevor Gott to the mound in the bottom of the sixth and he gave up a leadoff single to Heyward. After Castellanos struck out swinging, Bryant got his first hit of the series with a single to right field. Rizzo then hit a ground rule double to score Heyward, and Báez singled on a soft grounder to third to tie it up again at 9-9.
Tony Watson replaced Gott on the mound after the Báez single and faced Schwarber. Schwarber grounded into a forceout back to the pitcher, with Báez out at second and Rizzo scoring to put the Cubs ahead at 10-9.
Since everyone felt the game needed more drama, the Giants tied it again in the seventh on an RBI single from Vogt off of new reliever Tyler Chatwood. Addison Russell then entered the game at second base and Steve Cishek took over for Chatwood. Cishek gave up an inherited run on a sacrifice fly from Belt, and the inning ended with the Giants now leading 11-10.
Jandel Gustave pitched the bottom of the seventh and got a 1-2-3 outing with strikeouts from Caratini and Russell and a ground out from Heyward.
The Cubs sent Brandon Kintzler to the bump in the eighth. He got a called strikeout from Yastrzemski and a flyout from Gennett for two quick outs. Longoria singled, but Dickerson struck out swinging to end the inning.
Bryant put the Cubs ahead 12-11 with his 26th home run of the year after a leadoff single from Castellanos off of new Giants reliever Reyes Moronta in the bottom of the eighth.
With a precarious lead to preserve, Craig Kimbrel entered the game in the top of the ninth. He got it done with strikeouts from Vogt and Pillar and a flyout to left to Belt and the Cubs could finally claim another home victory.