Rizzo’s two HR’s sink Giants; Second night in row for Rizzo to go yard in 5-4 Cubs win

May 24, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

 Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

 By Jeremy Harness

 The Giants temporarily fixed their road issues by taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals and winning the opener of this four-game series at Wrigley Field. However, the Chicago Cubs have given them a reality check in these past two games.

 After the Giants’ victory in Monday’s opener, the Cubs have made their imprint in this series by winning the last two contests, the most recent coming in a 5-4 Chicago win over the Giants Wednesday night.

 Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo has been on a tear lately, and he continued that on Wednesday, blasting two solo homers in the first four innings to keep the Cubs in the game before his teammates brought in the runs to win the game in the late innings.

 Chicago used sacrifice flies to get out to a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, but the Giants would not go away so easily.

 Mac Williamson nailed a two-run homer just beyond the railing of the right-field wall off closer Wade Davis to narrow the lead to just a run. The Giants put a runner on second with two outs, but Joe Panik was called out on strikes to end the game when Davis’ curveball was found to have nipped the outside corner.

 Kyle Hendricks picked up his fourth win of the year by going seven strong innings and giving up only a pair of runs on five hits, striking out five and not walking a single batter. Meanwhile, Matt Moore (2-5) was saddled with the loss, as he surrendered three earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four.

 The Giants are currently 11 games behind the first-place Colorado Rockies, who own an astounding 31-14 record at this point. They are now sitting in third place, three games ahead of the cellar-dwelling San Diego Padres.

 The Giants will look to break even in the series Thursday afternoon, after which they will head home to begin a six-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.

 

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