Blach, Giants throttle Cubs 6-3
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[August 09, 2017]
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a San
Francisco Giants season reduced to a series of silver linings,
left-hander Ty Blach has gone above and beyond.
Basically, he has been golden.
Supported by a first-inning, three-run homer from Buster Posey,
Blach gave San Francisco another strong seven innings as the Giants
beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 at AT&T Park on Tuesday night.
"The last couple outings we've had some early leads for me, and it
makes it fun to go out and pitch," Blach said. "I'm just trying to
execute pitches. It's been fun."
Despite losing for only the second time over its past 14 road games,
Chicago maintained a 1 1/2-game lead in the National Central over
Milwaukee, which lost at Minnesota.
"We're playing like that .500 team that we were in the first half,
and I don't like it," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. "We've got to
Sharp was not a problem for Blach (8-7), who allowed two runs while
scattering seven hits and striking out three. With 100 pitches
thrown upon exit, he went at least seven innings for the fifth
And the 26-year-old did something few left-handers have accomplished
against the Cubs this season -- he beat them. Chicago is 19-8
against southpaws, the best mark in the majors.
"When a major league pitcher commands the ball well -- both sides --
has a good changeup, a breaking ball to go with it and just locates
well with good movement, he's got good poise out there," Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did a good job to minimize damage.
They got a few hits off him, but he did a great job keeping it to
one run, and that's what he's good at."
Reliever Sam Dyson threw a scoreless ninth, earning his seventh save
in eight tries since joining the Giants.
Trailing 4-1 after five innings, the Cubs scored in the sixth on
back-to-back doubles by Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. The Giants
retaliated in the seventh on Joe Panik's fielder's choice grounder
to plate Kelby Tomlinson.
Happ delivered a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but San Francisco's
Brandon Crawford singled to score Posey to reset the three-run
The Giants broke on top when Posey launched his 12th homer of the
season into the first row of the left field bleachers.
"It was nice to get on the board against a good
pitcher," Posey said.
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Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach (50) throws a pitch during the
first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park.
Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Giants ambushed Chicago starter Jose Quintana (6-10 overall, 2-2
with the Cubs) at the outset as four of their first five batters
reached base. Gorkys Hernandez slapped a first-pitch leadoff single
to left. Hunter Pence reached one batter later when shortstop Javier
Baez booted a double-play grounder.
Posey picked on Quintana's first offering to make it 3-0 on a play
that stood following review as his home run ball caromed off the
hands of a fan not judged to be reaching over the fence.
"Yes, it was very frustrating," Quintana said. "First inning was a
tough inning for me."
Blach's two-out, two-strike single to right plated Crawford in the
fourth for a 4-0 lead.
It marked the second straight start Blach has contributed at the
plate. He hit the team's first three-run homer at home this season
in his last start on Thursday.
"You've got be able to do all aspects of the game," Blach said. "I
was lucky to be able to flair one in there today."
The Cubs broke through in the fifth when Jon Jay's infield out
enabled Jason Heyward to score from third.
NOTES: The Cubs' streak of having allowed three or fewer runs on the
road ended at 11 straight games, the longest such streak in the
majors this season, according to STATS. ... 2B Joe Panik replaced
Giants rookie Miguel Gomez in the top of the second inning. Gomez
aggravated his knee running out a ground ball to short during his
only at-bat in the first. Bochy said afterward Gomez was removed as
a precaution and is day-to-day. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo celebrated
his 28th birthday by going 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning single. ...
Chicago RHP Koji Uehara left the game with a trainer after facing
two batters in the seventh. Chicago manager Joe Maddon said
afterward that Uehara had a stiff neck.
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