It sure wasn’t our kind of town Thursday anyway.
Thursday night’s game proved to Jeff Samardzija the old adage–you can’t go home again. Samardzija enjoyed some of his finer pitching moments in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Thursday night wasn’t one of them.
After the Giants put up a two spot in the top of the first–Denard Span doubled and scored on Hunter Pence’s home run–Samardzija faced the first Cubs batter and gave up a 13 pitch walk. It was a troublesome sign of things to come. In the first inning, Samardzija threw 47 pitches, allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 2. He settled in, but the damage was done and he left the game after pitching 4 innings total.
The Giants caught up, then overtook the Cubs. In the second Joe Panik reached after being hit by a pitch and scored on Samardzija’s sac fly; Buster Posey scored in the third on a throwing error that allowed Brandon Crawford to reach first.
The problem is things fell apart in the bottom of the seventh and the Cubs scored two more runs. The final score was:
Giants 4, Cubs 5
It’s September and the guys showed up in Chicago seriously looking for a win. It was a real possibility with the Shark leading the charge. If I was disappointed–and I was, extremely–I have to believe the guys were crushed.
Lucky for us tomorrow is another day. We’ll put this one behind us and get the win Friday. Alberto Suarez is pitching and the game starts at 11:20 am, grab some lunch and tune into CSN-BA or KNBR 680. And whatever you do, Don’t Stop Believing.
1 September 2016