San Francisco Giants drop second in a row to the Cubs, fall behind Cubs in wild card race


Aug 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder

Nori Aoki

(23) after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Yup. My mama told me there’d be days like this one too. But back-to-back? C’mon already.

Plenty of baseball left. There’s always tomorrow. Too soon to worry about standings. Ok, ok, I get it. But how many more games like Thursday’s and Friday’s before we…

Nah, I’m not going there. Not yet. But we are playing the Cubs, who, until the Giants blew into town on Thursday, were a half game behind us in the wild card race. Now they’re a game-and-a-half up.  That’s ok. We don’t need no stinking wild card. We’re going after the division.

Games like Thursday’s game and Friday’s game aren’t going to help. The Giants need to start winning‒ and sooner rather than later. Ok, enough with the black rain cloud over my head speech. Time to cheer up.

In case you missed it, or can’t figure it out from the way I sound, the Giants lost. Again. To the Cubs. Just like Thursday’s game, the Cubs came out swinging, and they ran roughshod over Giants pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong.

I don’t blame Vogelsong. Not even a little. He’s been in the bullpen for a month, and suddenly, on the road, he’s asked to come in and spot start for Mike Leake. Vogey is a good Giant. One of the best. So of course he started Friday’s game and gave it everything he could. But let’s face it, spot starting on the road is a tough draw. Spot starting anywhere is tough.

Vogelsong was called on to start Friday’s game because Mike Leake, Friday’s scheduled starter, was placed on the DL due to a hamstring strain.

Vogey lasted four innings and faced another two batters in the fifth, giving up a hit to each. All totaled he allowed three runs on six hits, a walk and he rang up six. Jeremy Affeldt pitched for the Giants next. He allowed Vogey’s base runners to score and gave up two of his own.

Yusmeiro Petit and Josh Osich finished out the day‒each allowing a runner to score too. The Giants were giving up runs like they were surplus inventory. Everything must go! The Giants needed to score some runs for themselves.

They did, but not enough. The Cubs fifth inning was just too big.

Buster Posey made it to second on a little bloop that probably should have been caught in the second and Brandon Crawford knocked him in with a base hit. Matt Duffy drew a walk in the seventh and scored on Hunter Pence‘s single.

Nori Aoki launched a solo home run in the eighth. The Cubs fan that caught it threw it back. The Cubs came back in their half of the inning and took the run back. The final score was: Giants 3, Cubs 7

In case you didn’t realize it, that was me cheered up.  It’s about as cheered up as I’m going to get right now.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Chicago is my kind of town.