Giants 4, Cubs 3 (11 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hero: Sean Marshall allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out a pair in two shutout innings of relief.

Goat: Carlos Zambrano, who was making his first start since June 25, was very wild and was fortunate to have allowed just two runs - both earned - in five innings of work. Zambrano walked a whopping seven San Francisco hitters and struck out three. Big Z produced an RBI single in the sixth inning that gave the Cubs a short-lived 3-2 lead.

Key Play: Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly in the 11th off just called up reliever Marcos Mateo (0-1) delivered the winning run as San Francisco handed the Cubs (47-65) their 11th loss in their last 12 games and their MLB-worst 27th one-run loss. There was little doubt that Burrell's deep fly to center would score Edgar Renteria from third, but Marlon Byrd, taking nothing for granted, hustled on the play to make a fine running catch. Byrd deserves some credit.

Comment: Good teams do the little things. Bad teams don't. The Cubs continue to demonstrate that they are the latter.

To wit:

* Cubs pitchers issued 10 walks.

* On a Torres game-tying single in the sixth, Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano made an ill-advised throw to the plate in an attempt to cut down Ishikawa, who was attempting to score from second. The play at the plate was not close and Torres took second on the throw.

* Aramis Ramirez (0-for-4), leading off the 10th, half-assed it down the line to first after hitting a grounder to San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez and was thrown out on a bang-bang play.

On the flip side, kudos goes to right fielder Tyler Colvin,second baseman Mike Fontenot, and catcher Koyie Hill who executed a perfect relay with the game on the line with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. Ishikawa, who was on first, attempted to score on a double by Torres but was thrown out.

Next: Ryan Dempster (9-8, 3.76 ERA), will take aim at his 10th win of the season Tuesday (WGN, 9:15 p.m.) when he opposes two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (11-5, 3.15). Lincecum allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings his last time out, at Atlanta. The right-hander suffered his first since July 2.

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