Monday, August 23, 2010

‘Jints sweep hapless Cubbies in 3 straight

8/8-8/9 - Candlestick Park
GAME 1 - Giants 2, Cubs 1

Mike_McCormick_SFG Don Cardwell, who was outstanding on the hill in Chicago's opening round taming of the Dodgers, was fantastic once again vs the "other" team from California.  Unfortunately for Cardwell Mike McCormick was even more spectacular.  Cardwell went the distance giving up just 2 runs, but McCormick's only blemish on the day was a solo homer at the hands of George Altman in the top of the 2nd.  "Mac" would yield just 2 inconsequential singles the rest of the way with no hits coming after the third inning.  Cardwell's undoing, if you can call it that, would be the 2 run homer he gave up to Joey Amalfitano in the 6th, which would provide the final 1 run margin for victory.

GAME 2 - Giants 8, Cubs 1Willie_Mays_62
Glenn Hobbie was victimized by both his team's poor defense and his own bad pitching,  not to mention the pressure of having to be nearly perfect against the Dominican Dandy, Juan Marichal.  The Giants scored early and often off of Hobbie.  The offense, as expected, went through Willie Mays who had a homer, a double and 3 RBI's.  Marichal himself chipped in with two RBI's via the sac fly route in his complete game gem that would have been a shutout if not for Ron Santo's solo homer in the top of the 5th.

8/11 - Wrigley Field
GAME 3 - Giants 10, Cubs 2

Orlando_Cepeda_SFG Returning to the "friendly confines" of Wrigley Field the Cubbies needed a win desperately to stave off elimination.  On the hill was Jack Curtis, who nearly threw a no hitter vs the Dodgers in the opening round.  Curtis battled a vastly superior lineup in the Giants for 5 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 5th.  Chicago did score a run that inning to make it 3-2, but Curtis' replacement Dick Drott was tattooed for 7 runs in 4 innings of work.  Giant left fielder Orlando Cepeda paced the offense with 3 homers, all solo shots.  Mays also continued his hot hitting (2 for 5) by chipping in with another homer of his own.  San Fran closed out the sweep with Bill O'Dell finishing off the final 2 innings without incident after Jack Sanford left after 7 innings.

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