Giants Vs. Cubs Preview: Chris Volstad Looks For 2nd Straight Win

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on a game-winning, RBI single scoring teammate Starlin Castro #13 during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on August 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 12-11. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Chris Volstad looks for another victory as the Cubs open a series against the Giants on Friday afternoon.

Looking to play the role of spoiler, the Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday afternoon. Back in early June, the Giants swept the Cubs over a four-game series in the last set of meetings between the two teams.

Right-hander Chris Volstad is taking the mound for the Cubs on Friday as he looks for his second consecutive victory. Despite occasionally pitching well this season, the 25-year-old managed to go winless through 24 consecutive outings before pitching six shutout innings in a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 26.

The Cubs have performed far better at home than away this season, posting a 33-32 record at Wrigley Field. The team has been unimaginably bad on the road, though, winning just 17 of 65 games away from the friendly confines in 2012.

Game Time: Friday, Aug. 31, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: CSN-Chicago

Head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue for more Cubs news, and visit McCovey Chronicles for more on the Giants. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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