Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Giants lost to the Cubs today 3-2 at Scottsdale Stadium. Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum looked impressive, throwing 3.0-shutout innings with no hits or walks allowed. Madison Bumgarner tossed 2.0 innings with 4 punchouts, but allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits to suffer the loss.
The Giants got on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Pablo Sandoval doubled home Buster Posey, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then scored 3 runs in the top of the 6th with 3-consecutive singles and a 2-run double by Aramis Ramirez, giving Chicago a 3-1 edge. The Giants inched closer in the bottom of the 8th as Travis Ishikawa scored on Thomas Neal’s single, cutting the lead to 1 run. The Giants had a chance to tie the game in the 9th with Emmanuel Burriss on 3rd and Brandon Belt at the plate, however Belt hit a line drive to deep right field where Cubs’ Jim Adduci made a nice catch to end the game.
Pablo Sandoval led the offense with a 2-for-3 day, including a pair of doubles and Buster Posey reached base in all three of his at-bats, going 1-for-2 with single, walk and run scored.
Tomorrow, the Giants take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Scottsdale Stadium with Jonathan Sanchez facing Zach Duke. Game time is 7:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. PT) and can be heard at sfgiants.com.