The offense of the first-place Giants exploded today for a 13-7 win over the Cubs in the first game of a day-night doubleheader in Chicago. The game was a makeup of the May 15 game between the two teams, which was postponed due to rain.
The Giants jumped on Cubs starter Doug Davis with three runs in the top of the first. San Francisco’s first four batters of the frame reached base as Aubrey Huff, Pablo Sandoval and Pat Burrell picked up RBI.
The Cubs answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning on two home runs. Carlos Pena homered for the eighth time in 12 games with Aramis Ramirez on first to bring Chicago within one. Second-string catcher Koyie Hill tied the game with his second home run of the season off of Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Davis continued to struggle in the third, giving up three more runs on a Sandoval double and a Burrell home run. The Giants continued the barrage in the top of the fifth, scoring four more runs off of Davis and five in total to bring the score to 11-3. Davis lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up 10 earned runs on 12 hits and three walks.
Chris Carpenter relieved Davis with the bases loaded and no one out, and let all three runners score on an Aaron Rowand double. Rowand later advanced to third on a wild pitch by Carpenter and scored on a sacrifice fly by Huff.
The Cubs got two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame via a bases-loaded walk by Alfonso Soriano and a single by Blake Dewitt. Vogelsong walked three in the inning and was removed from the game after he completed the inning. The six runs were the most given up by the right-hander all season, and the three earned runs were the most since May 3. Vogelsong got the win and improved to 6-1.
Carpenter gave up another run on a Nate Schierholtz RBI single in the top of the sixth. Dewitt pick up another RBI for the Cubs on a single an inning-and-a-half later, bringing the score to 12-7 Giants.
Miguel Tejada homered in the top of the ninth making the score 13-7, which would be the final. Tejada went 3-for-6 in the game, and Pat Burrell went 3-for-5 with three RBI. The Giants bullpen gave up just two hits over four innings of relief.
The win was the sixth straight for the Giants, who improved to 45-34 on the season. Every Giants starter got at least one hit, with six of the nine collecting multiple hits. San Francisco had 18 hits in total. The 13 Giants runs were more than the team had scored in the past four games combined, and the most runs they have scored in a game all season.
The Giants and Cubs will complete the day-night doubleheader tonight at 5:05 PT.