Rapid Reaction: Giants 5, Cubs 2
CHICAGO -- The San Francisco Giants got even in the three-game series, holding off the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Xavier Nady’s three-run double in the first inning put the Cubs in a hole from which they never could emerge. Cubs starter Justin Germano gave up five runs over five innings, the third consecutive start he has allowed five runs or more. David DeJesus gave the Cubs some offense with a two-run home run in the third inning, his seventh of the season.
WHAT IT MEANS: Nady got some respect for Giants left fielders everywhere. Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano not only rejected a potential trade to the Giants this season, he then went out Friday and powered a victory over them. The Giants wanted Soriano to bolster their outfield offense. Nady showed that for one day anyway, the Giants have all the left-field production they need.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: After a day off Wednesday because he was struggling, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo has turned into a hit machine. Rizzo turned in his third consecutive two-hit game. Even with all the success Rizzo had after being called up in late June, it is the first time he has delivered three consecutive multi-hit games at the major league level this season.
OFF BEAT: DeJesus was the man about right field. First there was his two-run home run in the third inning that landed on the top of the right-field party deck, took one hop and bounced onto Sheffield Ave. He then got things done on defense in the fifth inning. Showing that he has grown accustomed to the Wrigley Field dimensions, he made a sliding catch on a Buster Posey fly ball at the foul line before going into a spinning slide as he approached the padded brick wall.
UP NEXT: The Cubs will send left-hander Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA) to the mound Sunday against San Francisco in the series finale. The Giants will counter with right-hander Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82) in the 1:20 p.m. start from Wrigley Field.