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Cubs Take Series, Win 3 of 4 From Giants

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Cubs Take Series, Win 3 of 4 From Giants

Monday Night, San Francisco Giants came into Chicago gearing up for a 4 game series. They were looking not only to make up ground in the West but also get revenge for their NLDS loss last October. The Cubs had different plans in mind.

Series Recap

Game 1

The Giants were too much to handle early on Monday evening. The First Inning blues continued for the Cubs when Joe Panik led off the game with a home run. Panik was not done yet. He added two doubles and another run while driving a run. Cubs fought back in the bottom of the 8th scoring four runs off of 2 two-run home run courtesy of Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist. That not be enough as Mark Melancon closed the game and earned his ninth save of the season. Giants take the game 6-4.

Game 2

Probably the Cubs best overall performance came Tuesday Night. After a short rain delay, Jon Lester and the Cubs did not let that get in the way. For the Cubs, the first inning has always given them trouble. Tuesday night, they were the ones getting on the board early with a Kyle Schwarber home run to right field. Jason Heyward added a home run in the second and Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run off Cueto that put the Cubs up 4-0.

Jon Lester was cruising through the night up until Brandon Crawford doubled to right field scoring Buster Posey. That would be the only blemish all night as he continued strong and went the distance almost striking out the side in the ninth. He went all nine, giving up 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 10 Giants. Jon Lester and the help of some home runs sealed the 4-1 victory.

Game 3

Wednesday, hot-hitting Rizzo brought his bat and continued bashing ball out of the field. He hit a solo shot to tie it in the second.

Moore decided he could still take him and was punished. Anthony Rizzo hit his second of the night. Cubs and Giants notched up at two in the bottom of the fourth.

Kyle Hendricks pitched well, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and striking out five batters. Koji Uehara and Carl Edwards Jr. entered and pitched a scoreless eighth. Wade Davis stepped to the mound in the ninth not giving up a run in 18 2/3 innings and converting nine straight saves. Wade gave up a quick single to Eduardo Nunez then followed that by striking out Christian Arroyo. Mac Williamson hit his first home run of the season which put the Giants within two and breaking Wade’s scoreless streak. That didn’t matter because Wade would get the next two outs and get his tenth save off the season. Cubs 6-4 over the Giants.

Game 4

The season finale included a match up between Eddie Butler and ex-Cub Jeff Samardzija. Both pitchers gave up a run in the first and settle down from there. Butler gave up double to Brandon Belt which scored Denard Span. During the bottom half inning, Samardzija gave up a home run to center field. Butler went five innings, just enough to put him in line for getting the win. In the bottom of the fifth, Jason Heyward hit his fifth home run of the season to give the Cubs the lead. Mike Montgomery came in to relieve Butler following that inning. Bottom of the ninth, Josh Osich had two outs and base loaded. Osich threw a wild pitch while Heyward was batting, allowing Bryant to score and then on the Posey throwing error, Rizzo scored.

Mike Montgomery ended up closing out the final four innings of the game while only allowing one hit and giving up a walk. Montgomery’s performance earned him his first save of the season Eddie Butler also earned his second win.

Cubs are now 25-21, moving them into first place of the NL Central.


Anthony Rizzo was a much-relaxed hitter as he worked the count and waited for his pitched. It showed in his stats over the course of the 4 games. He went 6 for 13, scored 4 runs, hit 3 home runs, and drove in 6 runs. His batting average went up from .226 to .244.

“He really runs this lineup. When he starts getting hot, everybody around him starts to, too.” -Kyle Hendrick on Rizzo’s hitting after Wednesday nights game.

Next Series

The Cubs will head west for a six-game road trip verse the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. This is the first of Joe Maddon’s themed road trips. The theme for this trip is Anchorman.

Friday, Jake Arrieta (5-3) takes on Alex Wood (5-0) and his perfect record. Saturday, John Lackey (4-4) is looking to bounce back from his last start and steal a win from Brandon McCarthy (4-1). In the series finale on Sunday, Jon Lester (3-2) will look to extend his win streak to three with a win over Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw (7-2).