4/14 Extra bases
The Cubs will have more news on Steve Clevenger’s status today. Clevenger injured his left oblique on a swing which ended Saturday’s game against the Giants. The team may not call anyone up because Darwin Barney is scheduled to come off the disabled list Tuesday, which means they would be short-handed for one day. Monday is an off day.
“I’ve seen it many times, but not that severe,” Dale Sveum said of Clevenger. “I’ve never seen somebody in that much pain.”
Some notes from Saturday’s game:
* Dioner Navarro hit a two-run pinch-homer off Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was Navarro’s second-career pinch-homer and his second in as many days. On Friday, he connected from the left side of the plate, on Saturday, it was from the right side. Navarro is the third Cub to hit a pinch-home run in back-to-back team games and the first since Darin Jackson did so Aug. 14, 1988, vs. the Cardinals and Aug. 16, 1988, vs the Reds.
“It’s called pinch hitting and not pinch walking or pinch taking,” Sveum said. “That’s nice to see. That’s why we went with the three catchers, to have the ability to do those kinds of things with those two guys.”
* Alfonso Soriano posted his first three-hit game of the season.
* Jeff Samardzija dropped his second straight game. He is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in seven-career games (two starts) vs. the Giants. Cubs starting pitchers have compiled a 3.00 ERA (22 ER/66.0 IP) with six quality starts in the first 11 games of the season.
“I think he’ll probably tell you that he wasn’t as sharp as his first two outings,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “Fastball command and the split was ‘scuds’ so to speak. The life on the fastball wasn’t quite what it has been.”
* The Cubs have served up five home runs, tied for fewest in the Majors.
* Each game of the Cubs-Giants series has been a one-run decision. The Cubs are 1-2 this series and 2-3 this season in games decided by one run.
– Carrie Muskat