Sunday, April 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Giants 10, Cubs 7 (10)
By Sahadev Sharma
Let's take a quick look at the Cubs' 10-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
How it Happened: The Cubs quickly jumped out to a lead, putting a four spot up in the bottom of the first inning on a pair of two-run homers by Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. An ugly sixth inning for the Cubs saw Edwin Jackson and reliever Michael Bowden combine for four walks and five wild pitches (the latter a regular season record for an inning, according to ESPN Stats & Info) as the Giants plated four in the frame. The Cubs fought back to take a 7-6 lead in the eighth, only to see Camp blow his first save attempt of the season, giving up a solo home run to Hunter Pence. Camp gave up three more in the 10th, one via a balk, as the Giants went on to win 10-7.
What it Means: Jackson looked brilliant through five with eight strikeouts and only one walk. But the inconsistent righty seemed to lose his command in the sixth, walking two and tossing two wild pitches in the inning. Jackson has moments of brilliance, but it's those types of innings that have frustrated numerous teams during his time in the big leagues.
Under the Radar: Starlin Castro slugged his second home run of the season in the first inning, a feat he didn't accomplish until May 17th last season. While the young shortstop has yet to draw a walk this season, the increase in power (.519 slugging percentage) is definitely a positive sign. Castro has hits in 10 of the Cubs 12 games, six of them being multi-hit games.
What's Next: The Cubs start a three game set with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. A pair of lefties take the mound as Travis Wood faces Derek Holland at 7:05 pm at Wrigley Field.