San Francisco Giants Thursday game wrap: Cubs Bryant, Heyward and Zobrist take Giants Samardzija deep for 5-1 victory

May 25, 2017

MLB, San Francisco 49ers

 CHICAGO, IL – MAY 25: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches in the first inning during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on May 25, 2017, at Wrigley Field, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

 By Jeremy Harness

 The Chicago Cubs are known for their power at the plate, and they used it to their full advantage Thursday afternoon.

 The Cubs hit three solo home runs off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija, accounting for all of the three earned runs he gave up, en route to a 5-1 win over the Giants at Wrigley Field. With the win, the Giants dropped the final three games of a four-game set with the defending World Series champs arfter taking the opener.

 The Giants actually took the initial lead of the game, after Brandon Belt’s double drove in Denard Span in the top of the first for a 1-0 advantage.

 However, Chicago broke out the big bats against Samardzija, and the Cubs never looked back afrter that. Kris Bryant got things started with a solo shot that sailed into the bleachers in left-center in the bottom half of the first.

 Four innings later, Jason Heyward tagged Samardzija by sending one over the right-field wall before Ben Zobrist – who has World Series rings with the Cubs as well as the Kansas City Royals – added a solo homer of his own in the sixth to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

 The Cubs would add two more runs off reliever Josh Osich to round out the scoring in the eighth, although one of them was caused by a throwing error by catcher Buster Posey and allowed Anthony Rizzo to score in the eighth.

 Samardzija, for his part, had a very decent outing despite giving up those homers. He went seven innings and gave up only six hits, striking out eight batters and walking only one. He was outdone, however, by the tag team of starter Eddie Butler – who got the win by going five innings and giving up only a run on four hits – and Mike Montgomery, who surrendered only a hit and a walk en route to a four-inning save.

 Brandon Crawford has the only multi-hit game for the Giants, as he went 2-for-4 on Thursday to get his average up to .273.



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