wrigley field from right bleachersTry, try again. Matt Cain is easier to beat than Ryan Vogelsong, right?

The Cubs take on the Giants in the second game of this four-game set (which also kicks off today’s fantasy contest), and will hopefully at least avoid the painful mistakes of yesterday.

Carlos Villanueva and his awesome mustache get a second start today. He was pretty solid against the Braves last time out.

The big lineup news is that Steve Clevenger is starting at third base, which is assuredly about getting his lefty bat in the lineup over Brent Lillibridge (who is benched in favor of Luis Valbuena at second). It could be an adventure over there, as Clevenger has very little recent experience at third base.

Game Info

San Francisco Giants (7-3) at Chicago Cubs (3-6), 1:20 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking to buy Cubs tickets at the last minute today, or for the weekend, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Matt Cain (0-1, 8.38 ERA, 1.448 WHIP)


Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 1.35 ERA, 1.200 WHIP)

San Francisco Giants Lineup

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Brandon Belt, 1B

7. Gregor Blanco, LF

8. Brandon Crawford, SS

9. Matt Cain, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Steve Clevenger, 3B

8. Luis Valbuena, 2B

9. Carlos Villanueva, P

  • DarthHater

    Time for Starlin to make amends to the fans with a walkoff HR! :-D

  • DarthHater

    WTF. Double will do!!! :-D

  • Stu

    Fujikawa gets the win!! Ha, Ha, Ha!!!

    • DarthHater

      Yea, Marmol got one like that recently, too. Remember this the next time you feel tempted to think of a Win as a meaningful stat. :-P

  • http://Bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Starlin! Great game to make up for yesterday’s debacle. Also great game for Villanueva… That closer spot is a major problem.

  • Jeff

    HOLY COW!!!! CUBS WIN CUBS WIN!!!!! Starsin Clastro hits a walk off double…….RIP Harry!

  • Mr. Mac

    One man’s blown save is another man’s win. Or even the same man.

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