Giants Rodon sculpts a masterpiece shuts out Cubs 4-0 at Oracle Park

San Francisco Giants catcher Austin Wynns (16) congratulates closer Camilo Doval (75) after their contest against the visiting Chicago Cubs at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jul 31, 2022 (@SFGiants photo)

Chicago (41-60). 0. 4. 0

San Francisco (51-51). 4. 9. 0

Sunday, July 31, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–It was over 110 years ago that Franklin P. Adams published his best known piece of doggerel, “Baseball’s Sad Lament.” It begins,

These are the saddest of possible words: “Tinker to Evers to Chance.” Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds, Tinker and Evers and Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double— Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble: “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

Sunday, neither team has a gonfalon bubble to be pricked. Before game time, San Francisco was 4-1/2 games behind St. Louis for the last National League wild card slot, and Chicago trailed the Giants by another 8-1/2.

Nonetheless, the two teams still have a rivalry that dates back to a couple of decades before FPA, who was a Cubs fan living in New York, penned the words that got the Chicago infielders into the Hall of Fame because, as Warren Brown, the father of the All Star Game, put it, “Don’t let anyone tell you that the poet’s pen isn’t mightier than the scorer’s pencil.”

What this scorer’s pencil recorded Sunday afternoon and evening was that the Giants made a four run outburst in the fourth inning stand up for a 4-0 shutout win over the visitors.

Earlier in the day, the Giants announced that the beaning Thairo Estrada suffered in Saturday night’s game had sent him to the seven day concussion list. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.

To replace the versatile and talented Estrada, the team took advantage of the Cubs’ visit to acquire their farmhand Dixon Machado, a utility man who has a .227 major league batting average over 458 at bats. The Giants sent right handed pitcher Raynel Espinal to Chicago. Dixon started the game at short, batting in the seventh slot.

The Giants’ southpaw starter, Carlos Rodón, came to work with a record of 8 -6, 3.18. His favorite pitch is the four seamer, which he throws at an average of almost 96 mph. His slider clocks in at about 85-1/2 mph.

Those two pitches account for 92% of his offerings. He mixes in a curve and a change of pace, just to keep opposing batters guessing. He went seven scoreless, two hit innings, throwing 98 pitches without 34 of his offerings were balls, but he didn’t yield a single walk.

Rodón struck out ten, the eighth time he reached double digits in that category this season and the 16th time he’s done it in his career. John Brebbia replaced him to open the eighth. He earned, and the verb is absolutely correct, the win, improving his stats to 9-6, 3.00.

His opponent was right hander Adrian Sampson, who was 0-3,3.81 with the Iowa Cubs and 0-1, 3.20 with their parent team. He went 1-2, 2.80 for the south side squad last year and also has a year in Korea, where he went 9-12, 5.40 in 2020.

This was the first time he faced the Giants as a team; the only Giant he ever pitched to before today was Tommy LaStella, who had gone 0-2 against him before singling to right center to open the home first and doubling to right in the third.

Adrian Sampson pitched three shutout innings and a disastrous fourth. He threw 72 pitches, 45 of which were counted as strikes. He yielded four runs, all earned, on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He took the loss, and now stands at 0-2, 3.74.

The game began with a rush of excitement. Christopher Morel led off with a high drive to the left field wall, where Luis González made a perfectly timed leap to bring the ball down for the first out.

That was the closest either team came to scoring until two were down in the bottom of the fourth, when LaMonte Wade, Jr., drew a walk, Mike Yastrzemski, singled to right, and the newcomer, Machado, was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jason Vosler.

Jason Vosler lined a 2-2 fastball to right for an RBI single. Austin Wynns, not to be outdone, took a 1-2 pitch to the base of the center field wall at the 391 foot sign that cleared the bases and put the orange and black on top, 4-0.

After Rodón struck out the side in the Cubs’ fifth, Brandon Hughes replaced Sampson on the mound.

Two fans, one of whom was wearing a Darth Vader mask, leaped onto the field and interrupted the action with Christoher Morel at bat with one out in Cubbies’ half of the sixth. They were carrying signs that read, “Expose Smithfield’s Death Star.” They were ejected and Morel struck out on the way to a 1,2,3 frame for Rodón.

Rowan Wick replaced Hughes, who had thrown an inelegant but scoreless inning, to open the home sixth. Steven Brault followed him in the seventh. Brault surrendered a one out single to Luis González, who, with Slater at the plate, stole second.

Chicago appealed the call, but Jeff Nelson and Mark Wegner in New York would have nothing of it. Their decision, however, didn’t enable San Francisco to stretch its lead although Slater singled to center, sending González to third, and Belt walked, clogging the bases with Giants and driving Brault from the mound, replaced by Eric Uelmen, who struck out Mercedes and Yastrzemski.

On Erich Uelmen’s third pitch, Yermin Mercedes sent a popup into foul territory that first baseman PJ Higgins made a valiant attempt to catch, banging himself up badly against the railing. But he recovered and stayed in the game.

After the San Francisco threat had subsided John Brebbia took over for Rodón. In spite of yielding a pair of base knocks, he kept Chicago off the board.

Uelmen hit two batters in the Giants´half of the eighth but still managed to kept the score at 4-0.

Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for the orange and black. It took him all of 14 pitches to dispose of the Cubs on a hit.

The Dodgers come to town Monday night for a 6:45 pm PDT game that will feature LA’s Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47) and SF’s Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) as starting pitchers.

Gonzalez and Bart take Cubs deep in 5-4 win

San Francisco Giant Luis Gonzalez launches a two run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Jul 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chicago (41-59). 4. 10. 0

San Francisco (50-51). 5. 7. 1

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Ring Lardner famously remarked, “I went to the fights last night, and a hockey game broke out.” That was New York; this is San Francisco, where 40,971 thrill seekers went to a love in this afternoon, and an hour later a baseball game broke out. The love in was a celebration of Will The Thill Clark on the occasion of his uniform number 22 being retired. The game was a nailbitting San Francisco Giants’ win over the Chicago Cubs 5-4.

29 year old right hander Jakob Junis toed the rubber at 6:16 with a record of 4-2, and finished his labors for the day after hurling six innings of shutout ball that included five hits and a walk against four strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches, 45 for strikes. Because he hadn’t pitched the requisite five frames, he got a no decision. His performance lowered his ERA to 3.78.

Pitching for the Windy -but not as windy as Clark’s beloved Candlestick Park- City was southpaw Drew Smyly, totting a 3-5,3.93 record with him. He, too, lasted only four innings on the mound, but with less impressive results. He gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of which left the park (one into McCovey Cove), and a pair of walks He managed to rack up five Ks. He took the loss that left him 3-6, 4.42.

It was the Giants who drew first blood. With one away in the bottom of the third, Darin Ruf drew a walk and motored his way home on Austin Slater’s booming double to center. Slater, in turn, notched San Francisco’s second tally on an authoritative single to left off the bat of Yermín Mercedes. That’s where the score stood when the inning drew to a close, 2-1 in favor of the home team.

The Giants extended their lead in the next frame. David Villar led off with a grounder that bounced off the glove of third baseman Wisdom, going to his left, and into left field for a single. Luis González then launched a 394 foot splash hit for his fourth home run of the season, only to be followed by Joey Bart´s seventh, a 411 shot into the left field bleachers. That one-two punch put San Francisco ahead five zip.

One inning short of qualifying for the win, Junis left the game in favor of submariner Tyler Rogers, who pitched a perfect fifth and sixth. Jarlín García replaced him in the top of the seventh

Smyly also exited after four innings. replaced by Mark Leiter, Jr., whose performance in the home fifth was marred by his beaning Estrada with an 84 mph changeup that kept the Giants’ shortstop supine and motionless, for several minutes before he was moved to the clubhouse. Lieter remained in the game until there were two down and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh. That’s when Steven Brault relieved him.

After García yielded singles to pinch hitter PJ Higgins and second sacker David Bote, interspersed with a strikeout of Alfonso Rivas, Yuniór Marte took over mound duties of the home team. Nelson Velásquez as pinch hitter was the countermove and he hit a run producing single to right that brought in PJ Higgins with Chicago’s first tally.

It was charged to Jarlin García. Marte then quickly disposed of Willson Contreras and Seiya Suzuki to keep the score 5-1.

Austin Slater just missed a home run to open the Giants’ half of the seventh. He slammed a drive inches outside the left field foul pole before striking out. Leiter walked Yermin Mercedes and then caught Flores looking.

At this point, southpaw Steven Brault came in to face the left handed Belt and Jason Vosler, who had replaced the injured Thairo Estrada. The tactic worked, and we went into the eighth with San Francisco leading the Cubs, 5-1, where it stayed after Marte’s one, two, three put down of the North Siders.

Marte came out in the top of the ninth to face the bottom third of Chicago’s batting order. He began by plunking Yan Gomes with an 85 mph slider. He advanced to second on a hit to third that was so weak it didn’t draw a throw.

But it was enough to drive Marte from the mound and bring in Dominic Leone in search of his third save in six opportunities. David Boite touched him for a first pitch single to center that loaded the bases with none out and the top of the order coming up.

Nelson Velásquez hit a grounder to short, and for some reason second base umpire Charlie Ramos called Bote safe at second, which scored a run. Contreras hit another double play ball to short but Wilson Flores´s relay to first drew Belt off the bag at first. Higgins scored, and Boite went to third.

Suzuki also grounded out to short, which brought in David Bote. Just like that, it was. one run game. Then, with the count at 3-1, Ian Hopp grounded out to second, and the Giants had pulled off a 5-4 skin of their teeth victory.

The scorer named Tyler Rogers as the winning pitcher. He’s now 2-3, 4.56. Leone got that third save.

So far, there has been no report on Estrada’s condition.

The series continues tomorrow at 4:08 pm PDT. Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20) will start for Chicago and Carlos Rodón (8-6, 3.18) will take the mound for the home team at Oracle Park.

Giants get too much Wisdom who homered for second straight night as Cubs win seventh of last eight 4-2

Chicago Cubs third base coach Willie Harris (33) and Patrick Wisdom (16) get a leg up after Wisdom’s top of the fifth inning home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Jan 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chicago (41-58). 4. 6. 0

San Francisco (49-51). 2 13. 1

Friday, July 29, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–The season’s records for Friday’s starting hurlers gave some hope for a pitcher’s duel. As could be expected when San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Cobb is scheduled to start, the Giants games notes remind us that although “his ERA is ccurrently 4.26, his ERA is 2.88 … that is in the top 14 percent of the MLB,” which prompts the suspicion that perhaps the relevant statistic is Cobb’s age and not his, (for “expected” ERA).

In any case, Friday the 10 year veteran began the day at 3-4, and the aforementioned 4.26. His best game came on July 16 when he dominated Milwaukee here at Oracle Park, allowing only one run, and that unearned, in 7-1/3 inning of work.

The extent of his improvement since his recovery from a shoulder inflammation was still to be determined. Cobb’s progress, on the basis of tonight’s activity, has been more than satisfactory. When he left the game in the top of the seventh, Giants were trailing, 1-0, but Cobb had been terrific.

There was a runner on first, Nico Hoerner, who had just received the only base on balls Cobb had issued all night. Cobb had thrown 90 pitches, 55 of which were counted as strikes. The one tally he had surrendered was earned and came on a home run that was one of the only three hits charged to him, one of which could easily have been scored as an error by Jason Vosler. He reduced his ERA to 4.06, but he still took the loss, leaving him at 3-5.

His opposite number for the visiting Chicago Cubs, Marcus Stroman, stood at 2-5, 4.38 at game time. In his last outing, six days ago in Philadelphia, he held the Phllies to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings, leaving with a no decision.

Like Cobb, he has been hampered by injuries. In his two previous starts he had posted an ERA (real not expected) of 1.26 over 14-1/3 innings.His performance at Oracle Park this evening consisted of six frames of shutout ball in which he yielded eight safeties and a walk.

He struck out three Giants and threw a total of 95 pitches, 67 going down as strikes and brought his earned run average down to an even 3.00. He got the win, putting his W-L numbers at 3-5.

In the end, the Cubs prevaled in an exciting 4-2 battle.

Before game time, the Giants announced a piece of bad news that put a damper on last night’s sturing 4-2 win over the Cubbies, in which all the breaks had seemed to be in San Francisco’s favor.

Joc Pederson, who had banged his head against the wall leaping in vain to catch Patrick Wisdom’s seventh inning home run, was placed on the seven day IL with a concussion, at least the second he’s received in an MLB game. His roster replacement was Jason Vosler, who started tonight at third, batting in the eighth position.

The teams traded zeroes for four innings until Chicago broke through with a lead off the fifth with a home run by Wisdom, his 19th roundtripper and 50th RBI of the year. It travelled 368 feet, into the left field bleachers and came on a 94mph sinker. It was only the Cubs’ second hit of the contest.

After Cobb walked Hoerner to open the seventh, Dominic Leon relieved him and walked the first two Cubs he faced. Things looked dire, but Leone induced a rally killing 6-4-3 double play by Christopher Morel.

Scott Effross took over for Marcus Stroman after the fans murdered “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” He got two outs after granting a free lead off pass to Yermín Mercedes, hitting for Joey Bart. Wilmer Flores doubled to left, and Brandon Belt drew a full count walk, but the budding rally was nipped when Mike Yastrzemski grounded out to first.

It was John Brebbia on the mound for the orange and black in the top of the eighth. He set the Cubbies down in order.

Mychal Givens was the next hurler to hop on the Windy City carrousel, coming on board to start the home eighth. With one out, LaMonte Wade, Jr. lifted a fly ball to left center that fell for a Texas League double, a good example of why baseball should adopt the concept of a team error.

Austin Slater went to second as a pinch runner, and Vosler went down swinging for the second out, bringing on Austin Wynns, who replaced Bart behind the plate. He struck out swinging, stranding Slater at second, the 12th man San Francisco had left on base in eight innings.

Camilo Doval took over on the mound for the visitors’ ninth. After disposing of Ian Happ on a bounder to the mound, he walked Hoerner on four pitches, and then the roof fell in. Jason Wisdom hit a shot to left that third base umpire Charlie Ramps called fair before it bounced out of play.

The Giants challenged the call, but Jeff Nelson and Mark Wegner in New York let it stand. The rule book double put runners on second and third. Hoerner scored on a little nubber to the mound, and Wisdom followed suit when Alfonso Rivas singled to right, ending Doval’s abortive attempt to hold Chicago in check.

Sam Moll got Morel to hit a soft fly near the right field line that bounced off the heel of Yastrzemski’s glove. It looked like an error, but for some reason it was scored as a hit. Between innings, the scoring error was corrected, and Yastrzemski was charged with an error. Moll got his next two men, but the damage was done.

All that Chicago needed to even the series was for David Robertson, who came on in the bottom of the ninth, to hold the Giants to three runs or less and retire three batters. Tommy La Stella opened the inning with a double to right center, but Luis González flew out to left.

Flores brought the crowd to its feet with a high fly, deep to the left field corner that made it over the fence. All of a sudden, the score was 4-2. Belt singled to left, bringing Yastrzemski to the plate as the potential tying run. The only redemption Yaz got was that Belt moved into scoring position on his ground out to second. David Robertson kept him there by fanning Thairo Estrada to end the game.

The Giants will retire Will Clark’s number Saturday evening. The ceremony will start at 5:00, followed by a 6:05 start with the Cubs Drew Smyly (3-5,3.93) going against the Giants’ Jakob Junis (4-2,2.98)

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Will Rodon be on the trade deadline list?; Teams rumored to be interested

San Francisco Giants starter Carlos Rodon says he would like to remain in San Francisco but other teams more than likely will come calling before the trade deadline (AP News file photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Francisco are coming off a seven game losing streak an ugly road trip that saw them lose the entire trip something they haven’t done since 1985.

#2 Amongst the trouble on the trip pitcher Carlos Rodin became the talk of town after giving up the homers, kicking a bat into Thairo Estrada leg on Tuesday night.

#3 Rodin could be a rental and some say after Tuesday’s temper tantrum he could be out at the deadline.

#4 Manager Gabe Kapler said there’s a lot to deal with including the lack of Giant offense the Giants who have scored only six runs during the three game visit in Arizona.

#5 Cubs and Giants do battle for the Cubs Justin Steele (4-6, ERA 4.02) and for the Giants Alex Wood (6-8, ERA 4.21) how do you see this match up?

Marko Ukalovic filled in for Daniel Dullum for the San Francisco Giants podcasts at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants simply were snake bitten by D-Backs; Giants hope to get back on track against Cubs tonight

Alex Wood gets the call tonight for the San Francisco Giants in the first of four games against the Chicago Cubs starting Thu Jul 28, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

SF Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael if you had to explain why this team is having so much trouble where would you start?

#2. Talk about manager Gabe Kapler can he clearly see what the problems are for the club and are they difficult or easy fixes.

#3 The San Francisco Giants (48-50) had lost three out of four to the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park to end the first part of the season and once the second half started they were swept in four in Los Angeles and now three in Arizona what’s going to take to be a good team on the road?

#4 Looking at Logan Webb’s outing on Sunday he pitched seven innings, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits it just seem Webb and the Giants starters were snake bitten all series long by the Diamondbacks.

#5 Giants will open up a four game series starting tonight at Oracle Park against the Chicago Cubs (40-57). The Giants look at this as an opportunity to get back on the winning track returning back home and a change of scenery after their battles in LA and Arizona. The Cubs’ Justin Steele (4-6, 4.02) will get the start against Alex Wood (6-8, 4.21) for San Francisco a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

#6 Now for the fun part of the show and as many of you know Michael grows his own food in his own backyard. Jeremy Harness wanted to know if you grow mushrooms in your backyard and which are the best tasting?

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts Friday mornings at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Former Giant Bumgarner shows good command in D-Backs 8-3 win over Giants at Chase? White Sox cancel fireworks show over shooting that killed six; plus more news

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner walks to the dugout before their game before the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field in Phoenix on Mon Jul 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Arizona Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said that he was excited to pitch on July 4th and picked up a win going five innings, giving up three earned runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts defeating his former team the San Francisco Giants 8-3.

#2 The Diamondbacks did most of the damage in the later innings against the Giants scoring twice in the sixth and eighth innings. It was the Giants 11th loss in 14 games and fifth loss in row.

#3 In the Chicago suburb Highland a lone gunman shot and killed six and 31 wounded at a Fourth of July Parade. Many of the dead and injured were sitting in seats along the parade route. The White Sox canceled their fireworks show which was to conclude after their game against the game almost was canceled but after talking to MLB the game was played.

#4 The Chicago Cubs Wilson Contreras who slide into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning at Wrigley Field and sliced the thigh of Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts who required seven stitches when his cleats hit Bogaerts right outside thigh.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels promoted catcher’s coach Bill Haselman to interim interim manager. The Angels current manager is Phil Nevin and acting interim manager Ray Montgomery are serving ten and two game suspension respectively.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Twins Sano to have knee surgery; Ohtani to pitch Thursday at Fenway Park; plus more

The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano charges first base on a Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe ground ball in first inning action at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sat Apr 30, 2022. The Twins announced that Sano will be on the IL due to having knee surgery (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, we’ll start tonight talking about the Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano who will need knee surgery the Twins have said that they have no idea when he will be returning. Sano is going into surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Sano has been on the team 10 day IL since Monday night.

#2 The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani has had to go through all sorts of pains and injuries including have Tommy John surgery two years ago. Ohtani hit a ninth inning double on Sunday and he slowed down his running and left the game but is expected to be back on the mound to pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night in the last game of that three game series.

#3 Another player has join the Coivd 19 IL the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto who has been put on the list as a precautionary measure and is day to day according to Reds manager David Bell. Votto who was a six time all star was hitting just .122.

#4 The Chicago Cubs left handed pitcher Drew Smyly who is on bereavement was replaced by Robert Gsellman who was called up from the Cubs minor league Triple A Iowa club. Gsellman was 0-1 ERA 3.77 with the Mets last season.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will be offering backdrop events in two venues for the 2022 All Star Game one location at LA Live in downtown and the other at Santa Monica Pier which are 18 miles apart from each other. “No city and no city’s fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” said Dodgers team president Stan Kasten.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Dodgers Freeman HR no poetic justice against old team Braves; After 12 seasons Arrieta retiring; plus much more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, center, gets congratulated by Mookie Betts, left, and Edwin Rios after they scored on a double by Trea Turner in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Former Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman didn’t waste anytime taking his former teammates deep. Freeman now with the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a first inning second pitch was a line drive that went straight over the left centerfield Dodger Stadium fence. The Dodgers wound up winning Monday night’s thriller 7-4. Freeman said this was not poetic justice or anything like that but he was happy reuniting with his former teammates.

#2 Former pitcher Jake Arrieta who spent his best years of his 12 year career with the Chicago Cubs has announced his retirement. Arrieta started his career with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-13 and then went to the Cubs where he won 68 games between 2014-2019 before signing on with the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. Arrieta said “it’s time to step away from the game.”

#3 The Los Angeles Angels will miss his bat in the line up but are relieved that outfielder Mike Trout had a negative test on his MRI after Trout was hit on his left hand by a pitch Sunday. Angels trainer Mike Frostad said Trout’s return is based on his pain tolerance.

#4 The Astros Jose Altuve in the same game on Monday night against the Angels experience hamstring issues in the eighth inning after running after hitting a single. Altuve while sitting on the ground was frustrated by the injury but said after the game he was feeling better. Manager Dusty Baker said the team is waiting for answers and Altuve will be seeing a doctor.

#5 The state of Florida has removed mask mandates under cutting federal mandates. The Florida mandate removal might be a big mistake as in Philadelphia they are going back to mask mandates after having a huge Covid outbreak as the Oakland A’s who played a three game series in Philadelphia earlier this month had seven players out with Covid protocols on Monday night’s home opener in Oakland.

Join Jessica will be back with more headlines on Wed May 4th at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Giants nothing but success in Chicago; Host Padres Magic number is 1 can clinch tonight

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sports a taped C for Captain on his jersey which he talked about on the NBC Bay Area post game show Sat Sep 11, 2021 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs (photo from

On Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 For the Giants (93-50) Kris Bryant it was a memorable and emotional return to Chicago (65-79) for him seeing his old teammates, friends, and yes a few Wrigley Field neighbors as the Cubs ran a video tribute in his honor before the game last Friday.

#2 Brandon Belt has certainly earned the C on his Giants road jersey he’s led by example hitting the home run ball with much frequency and has 23 for the season so far hitting .258. He had black electrical tape to his jersey as a C he certainly has earned the honor.

#3 Wilmer Flores returned on Sunday to the Giants after suffering a left hamstring injury. Flores had been used as a pinch hitter and was in the line up against left handed pitching. Giants manager Gabe Kapler is looking forward to getting productive help from Flores.

#4 Giants pitcher Jay Jackson who pitched an opener for the Giants and got rocked in the first inning on Sep 4th for four runs and a hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers was sent down to the Giants triple A Sacramento. Jackson was 2-1 with an ERA of 4.34.

#5 Giants lead in the NL West by 2.5 games over the Dodgers and open a three game series at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the San Diego Padres (74-67) the Padres have been .500 ball while the Giants have won nine of their last 11 games. The Giants still have to be cautious playing a club like the Padres they’ve got some talent.

Marko Ukalovic is filling for Morris Phillips for the Giants podcasts each Monday at

Flores returns in Giants win over Cubs 6-5

The return of San Francisco Giant Wilmer Flores who made just one appearance against the Chicago Cubs in the three game series paid off as he rounds second after connecting for a two run fifth inning home run at Wrigley Field in Chicago (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Wilmer Flores made his return to the San Francisco Giants lineup and he did not disappoint them at all.

Flores hit a home run and drove in three runs, helping the Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs to complete the three-game sweep of the Cubs and ended the road trip with a perfect 6-0 record. Prior to the sweeping the Cubs, the Giants opened the road trip by sweeping the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

With the victory, the Giants have now won a season-high games in a row, their longest winning streak since they won seven in a row in August of 2020.

Kris Bryant, who made his return to Wrigley Field for the first time as a visitor and scored two runs in the finale.

The Giants led 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Cubs scored two runs to get within one run and chased Giants starter Logan Webb. Tyler Rogers came on to replace, and got out of the jam, as he struck out Willson Contreras looking and then got Alfonso Rivas to end the inning.

Closer Jake McGee came on to close it out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but gave up a double to Patrick Wisdom, who eventually got to third base; however, McGee ended the game on back-to-back ground ball outs by Frank Schwindel and Ian Happ to Brandon Belt at first base to end the game and McGee picked up his 31st save of the season.

Flores picked a run batted in for the Giants in the top of the second inning and the Giants stretched the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third inning that scored Flores.

The Giants and Flores put two on the board in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a two-run home run to stretch the lead up to 5-2 and it was the career-high 18th home run for Flores.

Webb went the first six innings plus, allowing five runs (four of them earned), six hits, walking two and striking out five and picked up his 10th win of the season.

Happ hit his 22nd home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning that cut the Giants lead down to 3-2.

Justin Steele pitched the first five innings for the Cubs, as he allowed five runs to the Giants on 11 hits, walking two and striking out four and saw his record fall to 4-4 on the season.

NOTES: Flores was activated from the injured list with a strained left hamstring and so was Austin Slater, who was out with a concussion. To make room for Flores and Slater, Caleb Baragar and John Brebbia were optioned to Sacramento.

This was the first time that the Giants swept a three-game series from the Cubs since September 8-10, 1995, when Sergio Valdez, Terry Mulholland and William VanLandingham were the winning pitchers in that three-game series.

Overall, this was the 11th sweep of the season for the Giants, as this was their sixth series sweep on the road and have five at Oracle Park.

UP NEXT: Dominic Leone will take the mound in the opener of the four-game series against the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Oracle Park. The Padres will send Yu Darvish to the mound, as he looks for his ninth win of the season.