The Cubs’ bats didn’t get a whole lot going in this one, but thankfully the pitching once again held down the Giants.
Indeed, the only run the Cubs would need in this one scored on an errant Giants throw (and a Victor Caratini double accounted for the other run). Sometimes you’ll have nights like that, especially when you head out west to play in San Francisco. You just hope the pitching and defense make it work. Tonight, the Cubs pulled off the shutout.
I can’t say it on one side and not the other, so it’s fair to mention that AT&T Park is not a kind place to hit at night, so you can chalk up some of the limited offense there … as well as some of the pitching performance. But, to my eye, Jose Quintana looked very good in his six scoreless innings. His curveball was sharp, and he was more aggressive than usual with his fastball.
The Cubs had two nearly perfect shots by Javy Baez and Victor Caratini that turned into doubles because of that ballpark, so you can also keep that in mind when evaluating this one, I suppose.
In the end, the pitching was very solid, the defense was excellent, and the Cubs pulled it out. And it was so very good to see this guy being this guy again.