The Cubs rally in ninth, but fall short of the Giants

San Francisco (AP) – Luis Gonzalez and Joy Bart made home on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied late on Saturday night to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4.

Austin Slater doubled home Darin Roof in the bottom of the third to start the scoring for San Francisco. Yermin Mercedes followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

After David Willer went into fourth with a single, Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Cubs starter Drew Smiley. On the next pitch, Bart homed to the left to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.

“It was cool,” Gonzalez said. “This was my first home run at Oracle Park, so excited about it.”

Chicago returned early in the seventh inning when Nelson Velázquez scored a run with a pinch-hit single.

The Cubs rallied in the ninth, loading the bases without any outsiders. Chicago scored twice by Velázquez and Wilson Contreras on the fielder’s choice grounds, and added another run on an RBI groundout by Seiya Suzuki.

With Contreras representing the tying run at second base and two outs, Dominic Lyon took Ian Happ off the field, earning his third save in six chances.

“We got a lot of traffic there,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We couldn’t come up with that last hit from the top of our order. (We) struggled a bit, but the guys kept working hard.”

Giants starter Jacob Junis played four unscored innings, allowing the walk with five hits and four strikeouts. Tyler Rogers (2-3) followed with two perfect innings and won.

“The disease worked great,” said San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler. “Kind of what we’ve come to expect over the years. This season has had its ups and downs, but it was really good for her.”

Smiley (3-6) scored five earned runs in four innings against his former team. The left-handed batsman, who pitched for San Francisco in 2020, allowed seven hits and two walks, including one in five.

scary moment

Legendary shortstop Thyro Estrada left the game early in the fifth inning after hitting a pitch in the helmet.

Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr. missed Saturday before Triple-A Iowa hit Estrada with a turnaround of 84 mph, sending him to the ground. Estrada was on his back and talked to the training staff, eventually helping his feet and back to the clubhouse.

“He’s still a little dizzy,” Kapler said. “He has some pressure on his left side. So he has concussion-like symptoms. We haven’t taken that step to diagnose him yet, but there’s a good chance we’ll be there and we’ll figure out what to do in the next few hours.” In or tomorrow morning’s roster perspective.”

Jason Vosler ran for Estrada and took over at shortstop.

will be thrilled with respect

Before the game, the Giants retired longtime first baseman Will Clark’s number 22 jersey. Clark spent eight of his 15 major league seasons with San Francisco, made five All-Star appearances with the franchise and earned the 1989 NLCS MVP Award.

“There was a lot of expectation from it and it was a lot of fun to be on the field,” Clarke said. “I was soaking in it all. … It was really special.”

Speeches included former teammates Barry Bonds, Kevin Mitchell and Mike Crucco. Several other stalwarts were on hand, including Buster Posey and Bruce Bocci.

Clarke thanked his former teammates and coaches, as well as San Francisco fans, in an emotional speech, receiving a loud standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at Oracle Park.

trade alert

Earlier on Saturday, the Cubs traded veteran RHP Chris Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for INF/OFF Zach McKinstry.

The 36-year-old Martin leads 1-0 this season with 4.31 ERA from 34 matches. The 6-foot-8 reliever has recorded 40 strikes in 31 1/3 innings, issuing only four walks.

“We have a really good bullpen,” Ross said. “He’s been a big part of it. So I’m glad he gets to keep going and chase another championship. He had a great time here.”

The 27-year-old McKinstry has featured in 10 games this year, scoring 1 home run and two RBIs for 11. They are expected to join the cubs in the next few days.

instructor room

Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) and SS Anderleton Simmons (right shoulder strain) began rehab for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Madrigal took 2 for 3 with two singles and a walk. Simmons was 0 for 4 with three strikes.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (swelling in left knee) ran to the ground and practiced batting before the game. He is expected to go on a rehab assignment in the coming days.


Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20 ERA) will face San Francisco for the first time in his career on Sunday. Sampson is looking for his first win since September 14, 2021.

Giants LHP Carlos Rodone (8-6, 3.18) has five earned runs in each of his last two.

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