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Brian Wilson Shuts Down Comes Comeback In The Ninth

Proving that their offensive explosion in the day game on Tuesday was anything but a fluke, the San Francisco Giants once again took it to the Cubs pitching staff, winning the second game of the two game set 6-3.

Rodrigo Lopez had a decent start going until the fifth inning. Through four, he had given up just one run an RBI single to Nate Schierholtz that scored Cody Ross, who had doubled to lead off the second inning. The Cubs were able to take the lead on a Lou Montanez two run home run in the bottom of the third, however.

But the wheels came off in the fifth inning. Lopez gave up another run, and then two more hits before he was pulled from the game in favor of John Grabow. Grabow ended up being worse, however, allowing his two inherited runners to score and two additional runners, putting the Giants up 6-2. Aramis Ramirez led off the ninth inning with a home run, but that was all the come back that the Cubs could muster.

Barry Zito finished the night with the win, after throwing seven innings and giving up two runs on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

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Giants Offense Explodes, Doug Davis Implodes In Opener

The San Francisco Giants offense this season has looked anything like that of a defending World Series Champion. The Giants rank near the bottom in all offensive categories. It doesn’t help that they lost their top offensive player when catcher Buster Posey went down for the season. That didn’t seem to matter Tuesday as the Giants (45-24) offense busted out for a season high in both hits and runs as they took game one of their day-night double header with the Cubs (32-47) 13-7.

Doug Davis struggled all day for the Cubs. Davis went four and a third and allowed ten runs on twelve hits. The Cubs lefty fell to 1-7 on the season.

Carlos Pena continued his hot stretch for the Cubs. Pena hit a two run homer in the second inning which at the time brought the Cubs within a run. That was the seventh homerun for Pena in the last twelve games.

Ryan Vogelsong didn’t pitch great for the Giants, but thanks to 13 runs of support did get the win. Vogelsong (6-1) went five innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on six hits. The Giants righty did strike out six Cubs in his outing.

Every starting member of the Giants lineup had at least one hit. Miguel Tejada and Pat Burrell led the offensive explosion with three hits each.

The Cubs and Giants will face off this evening in the second half of their day-night double header.

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Cubs Host Giants In Day-Night Double Header

The Cubs will welcome the San Francisco Giants back to Wrigley Field as they open their series with a day-night double header. The first game of the set is a make up of the postponed May 15th game between the teams.

Pitching in the first game for the Cubs will be Doug Davis. Davis, at 1-6 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.69 WHIP, is still looking for his second win of the season. His only victory on the year came in a start against the Yankees on June 17th, when he managed to give up only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings pitched. In his last game against the Giants, Davis earned the loss, pitching five innings while giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out six. Aaron Rowand was 1-for-3 in that game against Davis with a double.

The Giants will counter in the first game with Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong, at 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, has been the rock the Giants rotation has depended on as they've dealt with injuries to starters like Barry Zito. In Vogelsong's last game against the Cubs, he threw six innings of shutout baseball, giving up just seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Starlin Castro was 2-for-3 in that game.

In the night game of the doubleheader, the Cubs will send Rodrigo Lopez to the mound. Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA and 1.76 WHIP on the year, though he has mostly thrown in relief. In his career against San Francisco, Lopez is 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA and 1.77 WHIP.

Meanwhile, the Giants will counter with returning starter Barry Zito. Zito has been on the disabled list since April with a right foot sprain. He made three starts prior to his trip to the DL, over which he was 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. In his career against the Cubs, he is 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Aramis Ramirez is 4-for-10 with one double and one home run against Zito over his career.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be beautiful, with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70's to low 80's. First pitch for the day game is at 1:20 P.M., CDT, while the night game will begin at 7:05 P.M., CDT. The day game will be televised on WGN, and the night game will be on CSN.

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