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 nbcsports.com)

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 http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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.

La Stella drives in five in Giants win 15-4

San Francisco Giant Tommy La Stella (18) who had a big day against the Chicago Cubs shares congratulations with his teammates at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Sat Sep 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Kris Bryant may have gotten all the Pomp and Circumstance from the Chicago Cubs organization and the fans; however, they must have forgotten Tommy La Stella also played on the North Side of Chicago.

La Stella, who played for the Cubs from 2015-2018 showed them on the field, as he drove in five runs on a two-run single in the top of the second and then added a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cubs 15-4 at Wrigley Field.

Kevin Gausman went the first six innings for the Giants, as he allowed three runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out and saw his record improve to 14-5 on the season.

La Stella gave the Giants for the good in the top of the second inning, as he hit a two-run single off of losing pitcher Zach Davies and then Brandon Belt continued his hot hitting, as he added a three-run home run in the five-run second inning.

Wilson Contreras gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as he singled off of Gausman to give the Cubs the lead that scored Frank Ortega.

That lead last all of a half-inning, when La Stella hit his two-run single and Belt hit his 23rd home run of the season.

Asides from Belt, Evan Longoria also continues to hit the ball well, as he singled in the top of the fourth inning that scored Bryant to give the Giants a five-run lead.

The Cubs decided that a five-run deficit was not big enough, as Ian Happ tripled to centerfield to score the hot hitting Frank Schwindel, a day after he picked up the only two hits for the Cubs on Friday. Following the Happ triple, Contreras picked up his second RBI of the game, as he singled to cut the Giants lead in half.

After Longoria walked with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, Mike Yastrzemski broke the game open with a two-run single of his own and then La Stella hit his fourth home run of the season that gave the Giants a 12-3 lead, when they scored six runs in the inning.

Once again, the Giants put up a crooked number in the top of the eighth inning, as Thairo Estrada walked with the bases loaded to score Belt and then Longoria added another RBI with a sacrifice fly that scored Curt Casali, who replaced Buster Posey in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Wade, Jr., drove in the final Giants run of the game in the top of the ninth inning, as he singled to score La Stella.

Caleb Baragar pitched the final three innings for the Giants, who have won six in a row and are now 5-0 on the road trip that ends on Sunday.

In his three innings of work, Baragar allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out two.

Davies lasted only two innings for the Cubs, as he gave up five runs on four hits, walked three and struck out one and saw his record fall to 6-11 on the season.

NOTES: This is the second six-game winning streak for the Giants, their longest winning streak of the season. They also won six in a row from August 7-13.

With the victory, the Giants have now won 47 games on the road, and it is only the sixth time since moving to San Francisco Giants in 1958 to have won this many road games in a season. They also won 46 games in 2012, and the record for most road wins in a season is 53 that was set by the 1993 and the Giants have seven road games remaining this season.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb goes for the Giants on Sunday afternoon, as he looks for his 10th win of the season and the Cubs will send Justin Steele, who is looking for his fourth win of the season.

Belt and Longoria each go deep in Giants win 6-1

Standing O for former Chicago Cub Kris Bryant getting a hero’s welcome back at Wrigley Field in Chicago before the game in the first of a three game series on Fri Sep 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

On a day where Kris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded from the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants left the Friendly Confines, happy.

Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and then Brandon Belt also added a two-run home run later in the inning, as the Giants made it five in a row with a 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

With the victory, the Giants are now an amazing 41 games over .500 with a record of 91-50 and for the time being, they are three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. The Dodgers face the San Diego Padres later tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Longoria added another run batted in the top of the eighth inning that scored Bryant from third base to close out the scoring for the Giants.

Prior to the game, Bryant showed his emotions, when the Cubs showed a video for Bryant, who was the 2015 National League Rookie of Year, the 2016 NL Most Valuable Player and helped lead the Cubs to their first World Championship since 1908, when they defeated the Cleveland Indians in a seven-game series after they trailed the Indians three games to one.

Bryant also received the number 17 off the famous Wrigley Field scoreboard and also received a 2016 flag that honors the Cubs World Series Championship.

The Cubs took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Frank Schwindel hit his 12th home run of the season off of fourth inning, as he led off the inning with the solo home run off of Jarlin Garcia.

In what was a bullpen game for the Giants, Dominic Leone took the mound for the Giants when they took the field when the game started and did not allow a hit and struck out two in his two innings of work.

Garcia, who gave up the only run of the game to the Cubs to Schwindel, went 1.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit, walked one and struck out one.

Zack Littell then came to replace Garcia, and he struck out both batters he faced to end the bottom of the fourth inning and also picked up a base hit in the top of the fifth inning.

Following Littell, the Giants sent Jose Alvarez, Camilo Doval, Tyler Rogers, Tony Watson and Jay Jackson to the mound.

After the Schwindel home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cubs lone other hit came off the bat of Schwindel in the bottom of the sixth inning.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., tied up the game for the Giants in the top of the sixth inning, as he reached on an infield single that scored Belt; however, Wade, Jr., was thrown out at second base, when he attempted to reach second base.

NOTES: Jose Quintana was placed on the paternity list and Jackson was recalled from Sacramento.

When Wade Jr., drove in the winning run on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field, it was fifth and sixth RBIs in the ninth inning or later this season that have either given the Giants the lead or tied up the game.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for his 13th win of the season on Saturday afternoon, as he takes the mound for the Giants, while the Giants will send Zach Davies to the mound.

Giants continue to work to stay in first place; Open three game series Friday in Chicago

San Francisco Giants starter Dominic Leone goes up against the Chicago Cubs to open a three game series at Wrigley Field on Fri Sep 10, 2021 (file photo KNBR)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants had Thursday off, their first break since August 23. The Giants played 16 straight days and went 10-6.

San Francisco was the first team to reach 90 wins this season on Wednesday when they swept the Colorado Rockies in the three-game series at Coors Field.

After the game, Brandon Crawford said of the milestone: “Nobody outside our clubhouse expected this year for us, so it’s definitely a nice benchmark. But we still have 20-some games to go, so the next benchmark would be 100 and we’re going to keep pushing for that and trying to win every game.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said the club “did a nice job through a very difficult stretch of games” and that they will at “some point look back and really recognize what a grind that was.”

With a 90-50 record, the Giants are 2.5 games ahead of the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Even so, the Giants came in second after the Dodgers in ESPN’s power rankings. That is despite holding the best record in the league for most of the season.

The Giants start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. First pitch is at 11:20 a.m.

Right-handed pitched Dominic Leone is slated to make his 45th appearance on the mound and second start of the season for San Francisco. He is 3-3 with a 1.55 ERA, a 1.107 WHIP, 20 walks and 38 strikeouts over 40.2 innings. He last appeared on Monday as relief against the Rockies. He allowed no runs, hits, walks or strikeouts in one inning of the game that the Giants won 10-5.

Friday’s game will be an interesting one for Kris Bryant, who previously played for the Cubs. Bryant wanted to play for the Giants long before the Cubs traded him.

“It’s kind of like coming full circle,” Bryant told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Best in MLB Giants first team to win 90; SF scores 4 in 9th for 7-4 win

San Francisco Giants closer Jake McGee (left) congratulates right fielder LaMonte Wade Jr (right) following the last out after Wed Sep 8, 2021 game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants (90-50) became the first team in the league to win 90 games this season after beating the Colorado Rockies (63-77) 7-4 on Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

LaMonte Wade Jr. and Evan Longoria had two RBIs each within a four-run rally in the ninth inning. Brandon Crawford hit a home run and Brandon Belt logged three hits.

The Rockies led 4-3 when Carlos Estévez walked Buster Posey at the start of the ninth and two singles loaded the bases. Wade singled on a line drive to right fielder Charlie Blackmon, allowing Mauricio Dubon and Thairo Estrada to score and giving the Giants a 5-4 lead.

Crawford said of Wade: “He’s had so many big hits for us this year. Down to our last strike a couple of times and then so many tiebreaker, go-ahead base hits for us. He’s been a huge for us.”

Longoria doubled on a fly ball to center fielder Garrett Hamspon and Belt and Wade scored, boosting the Giants to 7-4.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said “Longo’s hit was as big as any” since “Estévez is a big challenge.”

“He’s throwing 98 mph bowling balls up there and one of the tougher at-bats for right-handed hitters,” Kapler said of the Rockies pitcher.

Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani gave up three consecutive singles and had one out in five innings. Left-handed pitcher Jake McGee hit the mound in the ninth inning and earned his 30th save.

Wednesday was the end of 16 straight days of baseball for the Giants, during which they went 10-6.

“We did a nice job through a very difficult stretch of games and (at) some point we’ll look back and really recognize what a grind that was,” Kapler said.

San Francisco (90-50) is first in the NL West, 1.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants went into Wednesday’s game only one game ahead of the defending champions.

The Giants have the day off on Thursday and start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. First pitch is at 11:30 a.m.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants acquire Cubs Bryant in big move during trade deadline

Former Chicago Cub Kris Bryant watches the flight of his home run at Wrigley Field as he joins the San Francisco Giants on Fri Jul 30, 2021 (photo from pantagraph.com)

On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The San Francisco Giants is a big move picked up Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant who will be playing the hot corner as regular third baseman Evan Longoria is on the 60 day injured list.

#2 Longoria got injured when he collided with teammate and shortstop Brandon Crawford and suffered a shoulder sprain and has been out since June 5th

#3 The Cubs picked up a right hander Calib Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario in exchange for Bryant and two minor leaguers. Bryant who will be a free agent at the end of this season might be at the crossroads of whether he would want to come back to the Cubs or will he stay with the Giants that is yet to be seen.

#4 Bryant is hitting .267, with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs he certainly can be expected to help the Giants at the plate.

#5 Bryant knows something about the post season he was on the 2016 Cubs Worlds Championship team his rookie season when the Cubs snapped their 108 year drought of not getting a World Series Championship.

Join Michael Fridays for the Giants podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants acquire former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell; Giants in Texas for two game series Tuesday

San Francisco Giants have acquired former Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell from the New York Mets Triple A farm club. Maxwell will join the Giants double A affiliate the Richmond Flying Squirrels (file photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Morris wanted to start with a top story the San Francisco Giants (37-22) have picked up former Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell from the New York Mets. Maxwell is well remembered for being baseball’s first player to take a knee during the national anthem during a game with the A’s. Gabe Kapler manager of the Giants noted for being a strong equal rights advocate on the team is very excited to get Maxwell who will join the Giants double A affiliate the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

#2 The Giants took three away from the Chicago Cubs (33-26) in the four game series which gave the Giants a good opportunity to show case the club against one of baseball’s best to see how their talents are matched up against the Cubs.

#3 The Giants lost the fourth and final game Sunday at Oracle in a close one 4-3 and thanks to home run help from Patrick Wisdom the Cubs avoided getting swept in four games.

#4 How much did it surprise you that the Cubs as good of a season that they were having got taken three games out of four to the Giants this weekend?

#5 The Cubs Kyle Hendricks who started the game gave up all the Giants runs they would get for the afternoon. Hendricks pitched 6.1 innings and seven hits and three earned runs for the win.

#6 The Giants turn their attention to the Texas Rangers (23-38) in a two game series starting Tuesday night in Arlington’s Ball Park starting for the Giants Alex Wood (5-3 ERA 3.48) and for the Rangers Jordan Lyles (2-4 ERA 5.75) how do you see this match up to start the series?

Michael Duca filled in for Morris Phillips for today’s Giants podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Wisdom goes deep twice in Cubs victory 4-3

The Chicago Cubs Patrick Wisdom is enthusiastic after belting a two run second inning home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun Jun 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-With a chance of getting a sweep and gaining ground on the competition, neither happened for the San Francisco Giants.

Javier Baez reached on a fielders choice when Mauricio Dubons throw to home plate could not be handled by Buster Posey for an error that allowed Kyle Hendricks to score from third base, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Giants 4-3 before a crowd of 14,021 at Oracle Park.

Hendricks helped out his own cause, as he doubled to lead off the inning against Johnny Cueto, went to third on an Anthony Rizzo single and after Kris Bryant struck out for the first out of the inning, then Ian Happ walked to load the bases and Baezs fielders choice allowed the eventual winning run. That would be the end of the line for Cueto, as he was replaced Conor Menez, who got of the jam, as he struck out Jason Heyward and Patrick Wisdom to end the inning.

Wisdom, who played his college ball across the Bay in Moraga at St. Marys College hit two more home runs today and three over the past two days.

Hendricks lasted 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five and raised his record up to 7-4 on the season.

Cueto went 4.1 innings, giving up four runs (three runs) on six hits, walking two and striking out four and saw his record fall to 4-2 on the season.

Things were looking good for the Giants after the first pitch of the game in the bottom of the first inning, as LaMonte Wade, Jr., took the first pitch he saw from Hendricks and planted it into the left field bleachers for his third home run of the season.

Buster Posey then singled, and after Hendricks regrouped to get Alex Dickerson and Wilmer Flores, Steven Duggar walked and then Donovan Solano singled in Posey from second base, just beating the throw by Heyward.

Wisdom then hit his first home run of the game over the center field wall to get the Cubs on the board in the top of the second inning, much to the delight of the large contingent of Cubs fans that invaded Oracle Park.

Posey then picked up his second hit in as many at-bats in the bottom of the inning to drive in Dubon, who doubled to lead off the inning and went to third when Cueto grounded out to Eric Sogard at second base, who threw to Hendricks covering, as the ball got passed Rizzo at first base.

Dickerson then hit a single that went into centerfield, and like in the first inning, when Posey scored from second base, third base coach Ron Wotus sent Posey, who was thrown out at the plate by Happ and P.J. Higgins applied the tag to end the inning.

Happ led off the top of the third inning with a walk, and after Cueto was able to get Baez and Jason Heyward; however, Wisdom launched his second home run of the game over the center field wall.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Dubon hit a high fly ball to left field that looked like it was going to tie the game; however, Bryant leaped to snare what would have been the game-tying home run off of Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel. After that, Kimbrel struck out both pinch hitter Jason Vosler and Wade, Jr., to pick up his 14th save of the season.

NOTES: Despite the loss, the Giants maintained their two-game lead in the National League West over the San Diego Padres and three game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It was discovered that Evan Longoria will miss four to six weeks with a right shoulder sprain that occurred when he collided with Brandon Crawford on Saturday in the top of the ninth inning. Longoria was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and Estrada was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, and made his Giants debut when he struck out against Kimbrel.

UP NEXT: After a day off on Monday, the Giants will begin a two-city, six-game road trip that begins in Arlington, Texas, where the Giants will send Alex Wood to the mound and the Rangers will send Jordan Lyles to the mound in the series opener and in the finale, Anthony DeSclafani will face Kyle Gordon.

Following the two-game series in Arlington, the Giants will travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Nationals beginning on Thursday night for a four-game set.

Gausman moves to 7-0 on the season in Giants win; Giants edge Cubs 4-3 at Oracle

San Francisco Giants starter Kevin Gausman throws to the Chicago Cubs line up in the first inning of action at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat Jun 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-If Kevin Gausman is not scheduled to pitch on Sunday July 11 against the Washington Nationals, you can best believe that he will be on a plane heading to Coors Field to represent the San Francisco Giants in the All-Star Game.

Gausman showed once again why he is one of the surprising stories of the first half, as he went seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned), giving up two hits, not walking a batter and striking out 10 and the Giants came back to defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 before a crowd of 12,792 at Oracle Park.

With the victory, Gausman raised his record to 7-0 on the season and lowered his earned run average down to 1.27.

The Giants are have now won 14 out of their last 19 games, including nine out of 11 and raise their record to 37-21, the best record in the majors.

With the victory, the Giants are now a game and a half ahead of the San Diego Padres, who are in second place and coupled with the Atlanta Braves win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Truist Park, the Giants are now three games ahead of the defending World Champions, who are in third place in the National League West.

Gausmans only mistake of the game came in the top of the second inning, as he gave up a two-run home run to Patrick Wisdom that came three batters after Anthony Rizzo reached on a fielding error by Brandon Crawford at shortstop.

The only other hit that Gausman gave up after that was to counterpart Kohl Stewart, who singled off of Gausman to lead off the top of the third inning and Stewart would be the baserunner that Gausman allowed to reach base.

Gausman then retired the next 15 batters in a row, that included eight of his 10 strikeouts on the afternoon against the Cubs.

Also of those 15 final outs, only three were to the outfield.

This was the third time this season that Gausman reached the double figure plateau, as he first reached it against the Miami Marlins on April 24 at Oracle Park, when he struck 11 and then on May 14, he struck out a season-high 12 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

After the Giants fell behind 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Alex Dickerson cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third inning. Dickerson lined an opposite field home run into the first row of the left field bleachers for his sixth home run of the season.

Chadwick Tromp tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit an opposite field single to score Steven Duggar, who walked to lead off the inning with a walk. Following the Tromp single that tied up the game, Gausman laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that nearly past Wisdom, who grabbed it and threw to Javier Baez for the second out of the inning.

Lamonte Wade, Jr., gave the Giants the lead, as he an opposite field single to score Jason Vosler, who singled with one out in the inning and that was the end of the line for Stewart, who went three and two-thirds, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five.

Crawford redeemed himself for that fielding error in the top of the second inning, as he doubled off the wall in right field to score Evan Longoria from first base. Longoria led off the inning with a walk off of Cubs reliever Dan Winkler.

Things got a little interesting in the top of the ninth inning, as the streak of retiring 18 in a row between Gausman and Jake McGee, who pitched the eighth inning and retired the side in order that included two strikeouts, as Rafael Ortega reached on a fielding error by Mauricio Dubon at second base.

Ortega was then retired on a force play at second base that was eventually reviewed by the umpires to see if Dubon held on to the throw from Crawford on the ball hit by Kris Bryant. The call was confirmed and Ortega was out for the first out of the inning.

Baez, who struck out in his three at-bats against Gausman finally broke through against Rogers, as he singled to centerfield to send Bryant to third base.

Following the Baez single, Rizzo reached on a fielding error by Longoria, when he collided with Crawford and Bryant scored easily from third base.

The collision between Crawford and Longoria was so powerful that Longoria fell to the ground and was down there for a few minutes before getting to his feet on his own power, but left the game and was replaced by Dubon, who moved to third base from second base and Donovan Solano came into the game at second base.

On a 3-2 pitch to Wilson Contreras, Rogers got him to swing at the pitch and missed for the second out of the inning.

With a chance to tie up the game or possibly take the lead, the Cubs pulled off a double steal that never saw a throw, as Baez and Rizzo stole second and third respectively.

Rogers was able to get Jason Heyward to ground out to Solano at second base for the final out of the game, and the Giants fans got to see the Giants victory flag raised on the right field foul pole, and hear Tony Bennett sing, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Giants recalled Camilo Doval from Sacramento, and to make room for him on the roster, Scott Kazmir was designated for assignment.

Crawford moved within one game of tying Travis Jackson for the most games played at shortstop in team history. Jackson played in 1,325 games at shortstop while he was a member of the team from 1922-1936.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto (4-1, 3.45) heads to the mound for the Giants on Sunday afternoon, as they look for their four-game sweep of the Cubs since June 1-4, 2012, while the Kyle Hendricks (6-4, 4.62) will head to the hill for the Cubs.