Saturday, June 2, 2012

Matt Garza strong, but Cubs lose 2-1 to Giants as both teams wear 1912 throwback uniforms

The Cubs lost 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park today, as both teams wore throwback uniforms from 1912, when the Giants were in New York and it was only four years after the Cubs' last World Series championship. 

Matt Garza started for the Cubs and had a strong outing, as he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings while striking out six.  The close call on a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to Aubrey Huff that Garza thought should have been called a strike ended up being the difference in the outcome of the game.

"It's not my call," Garza said about the pitch.  "Tried to throw it for a strike, but I guess I missed a little bit and walked the guy.  That one is a pain in the butt, but, oh well.  Just come and get ready for Milwaukee in five days."

"He makes a great pitch and didn't get the call," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.  "Obviously it turned the whole game around.  A guy makes a great pitch in a big situation and doesn't get the call. Sometimes you don't understand it, but that's the way it goes unfortunately.  Garza did everything he could today."
The Cubs did not back up Garza's good outing with much offense, except for David DeJesus' home run in the fourth inning.  "He crushed that ball," Sveum said.  "That was nice.  Once again we wasted a great outing by one of our starters."  Tonight was DeJesus' first time batting third in the lineup. 

David DeJesus sports his 1912 throwback uniform as he runs the bases after his home run (photo from
Tonight was the Cubs' ninth straight loss on the road, which is their longest losing streak away from Wrigley Field since a nine-game losing streak from August 25-September 10, 2006.

Tomorrow the two teams will play the third game of the four game series at 3:05pm CT.  Travis Wood will start for the Cubs and try for his first win of the season.

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