BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The Giants hopes for their first four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in nearly a decade were dashed Sunday afternoon by the hot bat of former St. Mary’s Gael Patrick Wisdom, who continued his power surge since joining the Cubs with another pair of home runs to help lead Chicago to 4-3 win at Oracle Park.
Wisdom, a 29-year old with only 43 games of experience in the big leagues entering the season, followed up his two-run blast Saturday with a second inning shot off Johnny Cueto (4-2, 3.70) to get the Cubs on the board, and then connected again in his next at bat in the fourth with Ian Happ on base to tie the score at three.
In eight starts since being called up from Triple-A Iowa City, Wisdom is now batting .412 with seven home runs and ten RBI’s. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joins Trevor Story (2016 Rockies) and Aristides Aquino (2019 Reds) as the only three players in MLB history with as many as seven homers within his first eight starts for a team.
San Francisco jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on a lead-off homer by LaMonte Wade Jr. before a Buster Posey single and Steven Duggar walk set the stage for an RBI single by Donovan Solano. The Giants capitalized again in the second as doubles by Mauricio Dubón and Buster Posey led to another run to stretch the lead to 3-1.
Winning pitcher Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 4.59) helped himself with a lead-off double in the fifth before an Anthony Rizzo single moved him to third. Two batters later a Posey fielding error at the plate on a throw by Dubón with the bases loaded enabled Hendricks to score what proved to be the winning run. “I thought Dubi made the right play there,” Posey said. “I kind of got my feet a little mixed up. I was trying to find my left foot on the plate. Ideally, I want to have my right there, but it’s still a ball that I should catch. I absolutely thought Dubón made the right play there.”
On the mound, Hendricks held the Giants in check for 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on just three hits while striking out five. Craig Kimbrel came on to pitch a perfect ninth for his 14th save. Despite the loss, San Francisco finished a successful homestand against the Angels and Cubs by winning four games out of six, and continue to sport the best record in the majors (37-22, .627) while maintaining a two game lead over the Padres and a three game lead over the Dodgers.
Following the game, the Giants departed for Arlington, Texas for a pair of Interleague games against the Rangers before heading to the nation’s capitol for a four game series against the Washington Nationals. Alex Wood (5-3, 3.48) is scheduled to take the mound for San Francisco against Jordan Lyles (2-4, 5.75) in the opener Tuesday night at 5:05PM.
Buster Posey’s three hits raised his average to .333, which would be tied for the fourth highest in the majors if he had an additional 15 at bats.
Brandon Crawford got the day off, leaving him tied with Hall of Famer Travis Jackson with 1,325 games at shortstop for the Giants, the most in franchise history.