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Rapid Reaction: Giants 4, Cubs 0

5/28/2014

SAN FRANCISCO -– The Chicago Cubs lost 4-0 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Here’s a quick look at the game:

How it happened: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta wasn’t able to field a couple of ground balls hit back up the middle as they got to center field in the first inning and the Giants were able to take advantage. Two runs crossed the plate as Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly and Michael Morse singled home the second run. The Giants added two more in the fifth. Again, Arrieta wasn’t hit hard, but Posey hit his second sacrifice fly while Pablo Sandoval blooped one in for an RBI hit. Meanwhile, Giants starter Tim Hudson rolled through the Cubs' lineup, giving up six hits and no walks in seven innings of work. The Cubs had two on and one out in the fourth but Luis Valbuena popped out and Welington Castillo struck out to end their lone threat.

What it means: Arrieta should only be displeased with his fielding, not his pitching. Sometimes balls are going to find holes and that’s exactly what happened to him on Tuesday. Yes, he could have used an extra strikeout here or there, but he limited the damage. It didn’t matter because the Cubs got shut out for the sixth time this season.

Parker recalled: Blake Parker threw a clean inning of relief on Tuesday after being recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Reliever Wesley Wright was put on paternity leave for up to three games as his wife is due.

What’s next: The Cubs and Giants play the rubber game of the series Wednesday afternoon when Edwin Jackson (3-4, 4.94) takes on Tim Lincecum (4-3, 4.55)