One strike away from winning a game in which the Cubs had blown a big lead, but somehow managed to come back …
Edwin Jackson did his first inning thing once again, easily retiring the first two batters before giving up consecutive singles and a walk. He would have gotten out of the frame unscathed if not for a Dioner Navarro passed ball. He then cruised for the next four innings before completely losing control in the sixth. That loss of control, coupled with similar shakiness from Michael Bowden and Dioner Navarro, let the Giants turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead. In the inning, Jackson, Bowden and Navarro combined for a Major League record five wild pitches.
The Cubs did a little combacking of their own, rallying from a two-run deficit to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th. That was just designed to get your hopes up, though, as the Cubs managed to blow it in the 9th and 10th.
Today was Shawn Camp’s turn on the blow-a-save carousel. Everybody gets a turn (some more spectacularly than others, like Camp today), and it obscures nice things like a couple two-run homers from Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz, as well as a surprise homer from Alberto Gonzalez. (He also hit the sac fly that gave the Cubs the lead in the 8th, but no one will remember that now.)
I’m going on The Score (670-AM) tonight at 7pm CT with Ben Finfer to talk about the Cubs. Really going to be fun after this one.