How it happened: The Cubs were hitless for 6 1/3 innings while the Giants pecked away at starter Edwin Jackson and then the bullpen. San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI single, followed by a Tyler Colvin RBI double. The Giants broke the game open the next inning, when Cubs third baseman Mike Olt committed a two-out error that allowed a run to score, then Hector Sanchez doubled home two more off reliever Justin Grimm.
The Cubs did little at the plate despite walking five times. Tim Lincecum was effective through five hitless innings, and four relievers held Chicago to just two hits. Jackson struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings while giving up four hits and two runs.
What it means: The Cubs were scoreless over the final 19 innings in San Francisco this week, getting shut out in back-to-back games for the second time this season. Their bottom four batters came into the game hitting .210, .174, .148 and .128, and that’s before the pitcher’s spot in the order. The Cubs are prime no-hit candidates with half the lineup sporting those kinds of numbers, and they almost accommodated the Giants. This can’t come as a surprise to Cubs brass, as they knew what kind of roster they were putting together from day one. For the most part this season, they’ve lived up to their meager offensive expectations.
Injury updates: Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop is getting closer to a rehabilitation stint as he recovers from a groin injury.
“We might send him out [for rehab assignment] here soon,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said before the game.
Renteria added that outfielder Ryan Sweeney is “75 to 80 percent” in his recovery from a hamstring injury. He’s been running without any tightness or soreness while taking some batting practice.