4/11 Schierholtz on the Giants

Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, and stayed there until he was dealt last July to the Phillies.

“I’m excited to get out there and play them,” he said prior to Thursday’s game against the Giants. “It’s been a long time and it’s obviously the first game I get to face them so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He and Buster Posey are good friends, but they can catch up away from the field.

“I’m here now and focused on winning here,” he said.

The Giants have a stellar pitching staff, and now Schierholtz has to face them, rather than play behind them.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I want to go out there and beat these guys,” he said.

Playing in San Francisco since 2007 — and winning a ring in 2010 — he’s learned what it takes to win.

“I think it all starts in the locker room, team chemistry, as well as playing the game the right way, playing solid defense behind your pitching, and playing the game the right way from hitting to pitching to defense,” he said. “Small ball is obviously important, and I think it’ll be important this series because of the weather.”

Do the Cubs have that good vibe?

“I felt that right away here,” Schierholtz said. “We’ve got a great group of guys and they want to win as much as we ever did there.”

He has yet to get his championship ring from 2012, and most likely won’t until the Cubs travel to San Francisco in July.

– Carrie Muskat

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