Ah, one-run losses. My fav!
Lots of dinking and dunking did the trick for the Giants in this one – even Brandon Crawford’s home run was of the “just barely” variety – but sometimes you get that if you put the ball in play and run the bases aggressively. We’d credit the Cubs if they did it, I suppose.
It was a short night for Jose Quintana, who wasn’t exactly getting wrecked, but did give up a two-run homer and then didn’t get any help from the umps or the defense in the 5th inning that saw him pulled after throwing only 83 pitches. He had good stuff, but I’ll have to give this one a once over. Obviously five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings is plenty of traffic for the other team to score some runs.
Meanwhile, the Cubs got a couple solo homers, but really missed their opportunity early in the game to blow things open when they could score just one after loading the bases with nobody out.
With Yu Darvish bumped from tomorrow night’s game, what once looked like strong possibility for a sweep now threatens to be a series loss.