5/28 Giants 5, Cubs 4

The Cubs had two on and two outs in the first inning Wednesday, and Nate Schierholtz battled the Giants’ Tim Lincecum in a 10-pitch at-bat, which ended with the outfielder lining out to first baseman Buster Posey to end the threat.

“When that ball starts hitting the grass, that’s when our team will take off,” Chicago’s John Baker said. “A lot of the games have been very close. It’s real difficult — what is the cliche? It’s a game of inches. I think the Chicago Cubs are proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that baseball is a game of inches.”

The Cubs could only get two balls to hit the grass at AT&T Park, collecting two hits off Lincecum and five other pitchers as the Giants posted a 5-0 shut out to clinch the series.

Chicago was blanked for the second straight game, the second time that’s happened this season. The Yankees also did so April 16 in a day-night doubleheader in New York. It’s the seventh time the Cubs have been shut out this season, third most in the National League. It was a somber clubhouse.

“It’s a testament to us that when we get beat 5-0, we feel we’ve been blown out,” Baker said.

Jackson took the loss Wednesday, striking out nine and giving up two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He watched as Lincecum threw five no-hit innings, but was then pulled after throwing 96 pitches because of a blister that developed on the top of his right middle finger in the third inning.

The Cubs finally got a hit when Baker singled with one out in the seventh. Chicago holds the Major League record for consecutive games played of at least nine innings without being no-hit (7,714).

Despite the lack of offense, Rick Renteria liked the approaches by his hitters.

“We drove [Lincecum's] pitch count to almost 100 in five innings, so we were having good at-bats,” Renteria said. “We actually hit quite a few balls hard but didn’t find any holes. The last four inings, we weren’t able to do anything. I thought we were able to put together good at-bats, just couldn’t get any runs.”

The Giants finally did score in the sixth. Angel Pagan doubled to lead off that inning against Jackson, who then walked Hunter Pence. Posey flied out to center and Jackson was lifted for James Russell, who served up an RBI single to Pablo Sandoval, who was batting .156 against left-handers. Brian Schlitter took over for Russell, and one out later, Tyler Colvin hit an RBI double.

The Giants padded their lead with two outs in the seventh when a run scored as Posey reached on an error by Mike Olt. Sandoval was intentionally walked, and Hector Sanchez followed with a two-run double to go ahead 5-0.

“I thought [Jackson] gave us a good chance to win the ballgame,” Renteria said. “Tip your hat to them, they kept grinding and were able to get to us.”

– Carrie Muskat

14 Comments

Pretty sad when the highlights of the game is a 10 pitch at bat by one of our many strike out kings.

I don’t understand “we put together good at bats”. What does Renteria mean? We got 2 hits and NO RUNS! Enough with the “good at bats” excuse. So sad!

I agree, White. I`m tired and fed up with the manager making excuses and apologizing for the lack of offense. It`s systemic and goes back to last season or longer, and is weak and lame on his part. Do I buy it? Absolutely not, and never will. I can spot b.s. from a mile away. On a more pleasant note, congrats to Oregon State for being named the #1 seed in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament on the Road to Omaha. They open with North Dakota State Friday in Corvallis. Mahalo!

Good evening jhosk. It IS getting harder and harder to listen to weak excuses day in and day out isn’t it! I do want to thank you for keeping me up-to-date on Oregon State’s status! Is Virginia still in the running? Let me know!! At this moment we are having a hugely loud thunderstorm here in Portland! WOW! It’s a good one! No game tomorrow – we can get our blood pressure under control for the next round on Friday! Hope never dies!

Aloha jhosk- very cool seeing “Mahalo!” being used and wish White could send the thunderstorm down south! Ok, Brewers tomorrow! Mahalo!

Hi k.g. Yup! Would love to have sent you that thunderstorm! You guys need the rain! It was a doozy. As for the Brewers game tomorrow I want to see the exact same line-up we had on Memorial Day! It works! We need a tight infield and that line-up is IT! Let’s hope for another stellar win tomorrow.

Speaking of rain, White and k.g., I found the following of interest: recall exactly two weeks ago today, Friday, California Chrome was preparing for the Preakness in Baltimore. It rained heavily at the Pimlico Racetrack that Friday, just one day prior to the big race. California Chrome was put through his exercise program despite the weather, meaning he jogged on the racetrack etc. It was said by observers that was the first time the horse had experienced rain, as keep in mind, the animal has spent its entire short life in southern California. That statement spoke volumes in regard to the severe drought conditions in California.

We Stinks

Yes, White, it is welcome to have a day of respite. Virginia is the #3 seed, I believe. They open with Bucknell Friday in Charlottesville. But they are doing the same thing they did last season, meaning they played superb baseball during the regular season, but then began to mess the bed in May. They`ve lost 4 of their last six games. But hey, this is a new season now. Let`s hope both Oregon State and Virginia reach Omaha. But to do so, you had better have pitching; that`s key, just as it is in major league baseball.

Does anyone really think Renteria will lead us to the Promise Land?

Please provide the name of and where I can get the koolaid the cubs management is drinking. It changes stink to diamonds

That`s the most intelligent comment I`ve seen on this site in ages, Mark.

While the Cubs could only muster two hits, Kris Bryant went 4-4 with a walk and a HR. And that’s after 4 walks yesterday. He’s a freak. His numbers are better than Mike Trout’s were in AA.

Oh, and I think he hit for the cycle.

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