- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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The Cubs lost for the ninth consecutive time on the road after a 2-1 defeat Saturday to the San Francisco Giants.
How it happened: Matt Garza was much improved over his previous two starts yet he still remained winless since April 29. Garza gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts over six innings. In his previous two starts he gave up a combined 13 runs and lost both. The Cubs’ only run came in the fourth inning on a home run from David DeJesus. The Giants scored in the sixth inning on Aubrey Huff’s walk with the bases loaded and a fielder’s choice from Joaquin Arias. Giants starters went at least eight innings in each of the first two games of the series.
What it means: When the offense is in a slumber, everything else gets magnified. Take the Giants’ two-run sixth inning. Alfonso Soriano couldn’t make a running catch in shallow left field. Joe Mather couldn’t make the play at third base on a slow grounder and Darwin Barney couldn’t make the turn on a double play. That Garza only allowed the Giants to score two runs despite all of it was a feat in itself.
Outside the box: DeJesus’ home run was just the third for the Cubs from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. They entered tied with the Washington Nationals for fewest home runs in the National League from the three hitter. DeJesus’ 400-plus foot blast was just his second home run of the season. He hit 10 last season with the Oakland Athletics.
Off beat: The Cubs and Giants both wore throwback uniforms from the 1912 season. For the Cubs that meant navy blue pants and tops that looked more like long underwear. They also wore a navy cap with an all-white “C” above the bill. The Cubs don’t wear the old-time uniforms as much as some teams, but they were 5-0 entering play Saturday when wearing the classic duds. Not even that streak could survive in these hard times.
Up next: The Cubs will send left-hander Travis Wood (0-1, 5.94 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the third game of the four-game series. The Giants will go with left-hander Barry Zito (4-2, 3.41) in the 3:05 p.m. CST start from AT&T Park.