Giants 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .320, went 4-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. The rookie shortstop is hitting .407 since the All-Star break.

Goat: Randy Wells was knocked around for seven runs - six earned - on eight hits in five innings. Wells struck out two and walked three. He allowed three home runs, including a pair to the red-hot Pat Burrell. Burrell's grand slam in the fifth inning gave San Francisco a 7-3 lead.

"Terrible," Wells said. "I've got no explanation for you. It's pretty cut and dry. I didn't make pitches, behind a lot of guys, and when it came time to execute, I didn't execute. ... It's just a bad game. Poorly executed and no feeling sorry for yourself. Cut and dry, it's pitiful. I can't keep putting the team in a hole like that. It's not professional, it's not acceptable. Just chalk it up to a bad day and move on."

The stage was set for Burrell's grand slam when Aaron Rowand was safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Jeff Baker. Rowand stole second when Castro dropped a good throw from catcher Koyie Hill. Wells then walked Aubrey Huff and Buster Posney to load the bases for Burrell.

"You cannot give major league teams extra outs," Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said. "Can't make a play -- can't make two plays, to be honest."

Key Play: With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Andres Torres singled over the head of Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd to plate the winning run against reliever Andrew Cashner (1-5).

Comments: The Cubs lead the majors in one-run games (42) and one-run losses (29). ... Darwin Barney became the 15th rookie to appear in a game this season for the Cubs (48-67), who are a season-low 19 games below .500.

Next: Thomas Diamond (0-2, 8.00 ERA), who was awful in his last outing, will start Friday (CSN, 7:15 p.m.) when the Cubs open a three-game series against the first-place Cardinals (64-49) at a steamy Busch Stadium.

St. Louis, which is coming off a three-game series sweep at Cincinnati, will counter with the recently acquired right-hander Jake Westbrook (0-0, 3.46 in 2 starts with the Cards).

Lou Piniella, after taking a four-game leave of absence, is expected to return to the Cubs' dugout, but Tony LaRussa will not be managing from the St. Louis bench. LaRussa was handed a two-game suspension for his role in Tuesday's brawl between the Cardinals and Reds.


Clearly our defense is lacking. Hopefully, though, the D will improve as our team gets older.

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