7/27 Cubs 1, Giants 0

Chris Rusin won’t forget Saturday’s game. The Giants won’t forget Nate Schierholtz. Rusin threw seven scoreless innings and Schierholtz homered off his former teammate, Sergio Romo, with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Giants, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Giants tested the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, San Francisco loaded the bases with none out against Pedro Strop, who got Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to each hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing runners at home. He then struck out Hunter Pence. The inning didn’t begin well as Strop didn’t handle two bunts cleanly.

“He was like Houdini out there — I liked it,” Rusin said of Strop.

In the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases with one out against Kevin Gregg, who got pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to hit into a slick 3-2-3 double play.

“It was an exciting game,” Schierholtz said. “It reminded me of playing here when we played one-run games every night. They’re nail-biters.”

The Cubs could’ve easily given up on the season when the front office started dealing players. Instead, they’ve been playing their best baseball of the season.

“We’ve got a lot of guys in here who don’t give up,” Schierholtz said. “One of the things they instilled in us in Spring Training is hard work and running balls out and not ever letting up. That’s one of the biggest things a winning team does. You don’t have to have the best players to win championships, and I learned that here,” he said. “It’s just been fun. We go out there loose with nothing to lose. It’s a fun, young group of guys and we all get along great.”

With one out in the Chicago ninth, Schierholtz launched a 3-2 pitch from Romo into the seats in right. The outfielder had played his entire career with the Giants until last year when he was sent to the Phillies at the Trade Deadline. He signed as a free agent with the Cubs with the promise of regular playing time, and delivered.

“I can’t really describe it, but it felt good,” Schierholtz said. “It’s great to get that win and it’s good to come in here and get the first two.”

He’s on a roll since the All-Star break, going 10-for-25 with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBIs. It’s helped that he was able to give a sore shoulder some rest during the break.

Rusin retired the first 13 batters he faced before he walked Pence with one out in the fifth. One out later, Joaquin Arias singled up the middle for the Giants’ first hit.

San Francisco had a runner at third with two outs in the seventh, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo robbed Brandon Belt of a potential extra-base hit and RBI with a perfectly timed leaping catch to end the inning.

“That was big,” Rusin said. “I was really pumped up after that. Right when it left the bat, I thought, ‘Man, I left one up’ and then Rizzo went up and got it.”

Said Sveum: “When things go good, you usually have those kind of breaks and if not, you usually miss things by an inch.”

— Carrie Muskat


two bases loaded, nail-biting innings made for some GREAT Cubs’ baseball. As if these games were tied to the playoffs. A thrilling peek of what’s to come!! However, with Barney being so horrible at the plate this season even his Gold Glove Caliber defense (still evident, yet not as good as last year) can no longer justify him being the regular second baseman and I would not be surprised if we see a shake up soon (if Dale has it in him that is….). Can’t sit through another ground ball DP by Barney, it’s getting old and for the life of me can’t figure out why Sveum did not have Barney sacrifice….just to keep the YOUNG Rusin in for one more inning after throwing SIX stellar innings? Isn’t that enough from such a YOUNG pitcher? He threw better than any expected….a 0-0 contest called for a sac bunt by the weak hitting (ANOTHER DP SVEUM? ARE YOU WATCHING THIS TOO? TAKING NOTES?) Barney, pull Rusin for a pinch hitter and go for a run. But no, Sveum relies on shear LUCK (Shcierholtz unexpected HR off ROMO!) to win the game. Another win chalked up DESPITE the manager. Not good on Sveum’s part, getting a little concerned with his “strategy”. Maybe he’s good for the kids on this team but his managing of the game itself is suspect.


You definately have a point on your complaint here joey. The Cubs as a team do not understand advancing the runner or a quality out. A SAC is unheard of, especially by Barney.
Is it Sveum or is it his hitting coach’s? Rizzo, AVG way down! Castro, AVG way down. Barney, AVG way down. Lake started out on fire, but now he has been around the staff 10 days.
Castro OBP is down big from last year, Barney OBP is down from last year.
What is the hitting coach’s teaching these guys?? It is definately not how to move a runner along or when and how to SAC.

will the Cubs ever reach 500 this year or another mediocre year?

No… don’t get Ur hopes up… u should be begging them to lose… all this is doing is getting us a worse talent in next years draft

Only Carnac the Magnificent might know that answer.

My heart can’t take anymore Kevin Gregg 9th inning bases loaded situations….trade this guy before I end up in the ER.

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