CHICAGO – Prior to Sunday’s 3-2, 13-inning loss at Wrigley Field, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that he didn’t expect an offensive breakout here against the Cubs pitching staff.
“You’ve got to scratch and claw with the type of pitching we see here,” Bochy said.
Or squeeze and throw sand. And hope Santiago Casilla doesn’t fall off the high wire again.
Casilla did in the ninth, and despite a bullpen whose perseverance included Joe Nathan’s first appearance as a Giant since 2003, the barren offense could not take advantage of the extra lives.
There were no more reprieves after the 13th. Matt Reynolds, the Giants’ 10th pitcher, gave up Jason Heyward’s RBI single to center to send the Cubs spilling onto the field and their beer-soaked crowd into group song.
The Giants hit .106 in four games at the Friendly Confines, yet somehow were three outs away from achieving a split – and a season series victory — against baseball’s winningest team. An error and two ground outs produced one run. A suicide squeeze produced another.
But once again, Casilla could not nail down a one-run save. Addison Russell, who stung the ball all afternoon, led off the ninth with a double into the left field corner. A wild pitch moved him to third. Heyward’s single tied it.
Casilla’s seventh blown save is the most among NL relievers and the most by a Giant since a clean-shaven Brian Wilson in 2009.
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