Cubs Vs. Giants Preview: North Siders Head To San Francisco Looking For 4th Win In A Row

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 30: Darwin Barney #15 of the Chicago Cubs hits a walk off two run homer in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres on May 30, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 8-6. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Cubs visit San Francisco this weekend.

The Chicago Cubs were able to put a painful 12-game losing streak behind them by sweeping the San Diego Padres in their previous series, and now they're heading to San Francisco to try to keep that recent success going.

Related: Sweep! Darwin Barney's Walkoff Homer Gives Cubs 8-6 Win

Lefty Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cubs against what has been a modest Giants offense. While the Giants are fifth in the National League in batting average, they're 10th in runs scored, eighth in on-base average and 12th in slugging percentage.

Their pitching, however, has been good. The Cubs will face Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14) on Friday.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Giants blog McCovey Chronicles. For more from around the world of baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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