Giants 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 15, 2011

Heroes: Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each had two singles in three at-bats. It was Barney's 16th multi-hit game of the season and Castro's 15th.

Goat: Koyie Hill went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .154. More troubling was the weak-hitting catcher's defensive struggles. Hill committed two throwing errors, including one with two outs in the top of the third on a Cody Ross chopper that allowed the first of two unearned runs to score in the inning.

Key Plays: The Cubs (17-21) trailed 1-0 when they loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first against San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong (3-0) on singles by Barney and Castro, and a walk by Carlos Pena. But they came up empty after Marlon Byrd lined out to shortstop Miguel Tejada and Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging.

Comments: The game, which probably never should have started and was called off two pitches into the seventh inning, was played in a steady rain with a gametime temperature of 43 degrees. A stiff 19-MPH wind was gusting in from left. ... Veteran left-hander Doug Davis (0-1), who was making his Cubs debut, allowed three runs - one earned - on four hits in five innings while striking out six and walking one. ... Vogelsong allowed seven hits - all singles - in six innings while striking out seven and walking one. ... Byrd extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an infield hit in the fourth.

Next: The Cubs and Giants (22-17) will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.) as Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35 ERA) seeks his first home win while going against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum (3-3, 2.11). Zambrano has worked six or more innings in six of his eight starts this season, including his last three. Lincecum has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings of work.

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