The Giants and Chicago Cubs are headed in opposite directions, like two ships passing in the night.
Brandon Crawford and Joaquin Arias drove in runs as the Giants completed a rare four-game sweep, defeating the Cubs 3-2 on Monday afternoon.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits and two runs for the win. Jeremy Affeldt, typically just a situational pitcher, pitched two perfect innings for his first save since July 2011.
“We’ve had to do that in the past, but it’s not been obviously the norm and we’ve had to adjust to that,” Affeldt said of pitching short-handed because of injuries to several Giants relievers. “I think the positive thing, we have a bullpen that can do it. We’ve got different guys that have been doing some positive things and that’s why we’ve been winning.”
The Giants are a season-high seven games over .500 and have won four in a row for the first time this season. They were 6-1 on the seven-game homestand.
“You always want to be involved when the team is playing well and be able to go out there and help the team win any way you can,” Giants second baseman Ryan Theriot said. “Our pitching was lights out and did an amazing job this homestand. They have been all season, but more importantly they kept us in ballgames and gave us a chance to win.”
The Cubs are 18-36 and lost 15 of their last 19 games since May 14, including 11 in a row on the road.
“We need to get a little tougher on the road,” said Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzia, who pitched five innings and gave up five walks, getting a no-decision. “We understand we’re going up against a different atmosphere with the road fans and you need to make that play that gets you over the hump and gets you that win on the road and get the monkey off our back.”