Riddle: How many runs does it take to sweep the Chicago Cubs?
That’s how many runs it took the Giants to sweep a four-game series from Chicago, winning 4-3, 2-1, 2-0 and 3-2 on Monday.
And just conside how the Giants scored their runs over the weekend.
- A bases-loaded walk
- An RBI groundout
- An RBI single that should have record an out at home but the catcher dropped the ball.
- Gregor Blanco scoring from first on a single when Alfonso Soriano fell asleep in the outfield.
That trend continued Monday.
The Giants plated their first run on an RBI double by Brandon Crawford. But that led to the Giants having second and third with no outs, and they weren’t able to add more runs.
But after that, the Giants scored the tying run in the fifth on a double play grounder that didn’t produce a double play when Starlin Castro forgot how many outs there were.
In the fifth, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs. Joaquin Arias lined out to second. Brandon Crawford then hit a tailor-made double-play grounder to second. Darwin Barney fed the ball to Castro, who stepped on the bag, avoided the sliding Brandon Belt and started jogging to the dugout as Buster Posey sccored.
Whoops, Starlin, Belt’s forceout was only the second out of the inning.
The Giants AGAIN loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Arias hit a grounder to Castro. But the Cubs were willing to give up a run for two outs, as the Cubs turned turn as Posey scored the go-ahead run.
Lucky for the Giants, Dale Sveum forgot which team he was managing. These are the Cubs, who had scored six runs all weekend.
He was willing to give up a run for two outs. The Giants were glad to trade two outs for a run.
And the final was 3-2.
The Giants went 6-1 on the homestand scoring a total of 19 runs.
The pitching was great. The defense was solid. The hitting …..
Oh well, we’ll take the first four-game winning streak of the season.
And things have to get better for the offense. The Giants are heading to San Diego next.
Tim Lincecum’s best start of the season came against the Anthony Bass and the Padres. The Freak will get that matchup again Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at Petco Park.