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CHICAGO — The Giants knew this stretch of the schedule would be tough on their bodies. They had no idea it would be so difficult with the bats.
The lineup collected just three hits in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Over the past two days, the Giants have pitched 27 innings of baseball and have just 10 total hits. The latest poor performance marred the latest dominant start from Carlos Rodón.
Rodón and Drew Smyly, who may both end up being one-season Giants, combined for 19 hits, but the Cubs were able to get to Rodón enough. Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer to put them on the board, and Nico Herner added another two-run shot soon after Rodon was replaced by Junior Marte.
After managing just seven hits in a doubleheader Thursday in Milwaukee, the Giants didn’t threaten until the eighth on Friday. They had just one hit at that point, but an error and two walks loaded the bases for Evan Longoria, who lined a two-run double into the left field corner. With the tie on second, Thairo Estrada grounded out.
Here are the takeaways from the fifth straight loss that drops the Giants to 65-73:
As of Thursday morning, Rodón had a one-hit lead over Corbin Burnes atop the NL leaderboard, and is still right in the chase despite Burnes striking out 14 Giants in the first game of a doubleheader.
Rodón nearly matched that in 5 1/3 innings, striking out 10 in the first five and then striking out one more in the sixth. Only the pitch count — 96 — prevented Rodón from continuing to mow them down. The double-digit strikeout game was Rodon’s 10th of the season, which leads the Majors. He broke a franchise record previously held by Tim Lincecum and Jason Schmidt. Rodón quickly moved into the record, hitting double figures in four of his last five starts.
Just Absolutely Dominant
That mark wasn’t the only one Rodón broke on Friday. He now has 212 hits on the season, the most ever by a San Francisco Giant in his first season with the team. The previous record was held by Sam Jones, who struck out 209 batters in 1959 a year after the Giants moved west. However, Rodón will not break the all-time franchise record. This goes back to 1890 when Amos Rusie hit 341. That was another era, man.
However, there is another leaderboard to climb. Rodón now has the sixth most strikeouts in a season by a Giants lefty. The record is 251 by Madison Bumgarner in 2016.
In the top of the sixth, Austin Wynns took a 93 mph pitch from Smyly off the front of his helmet. Trainer Dave Groeschner immediately ran out to check on him and Gabe Kapler wasn’t far behind. After a few minutes, Wynns was taken back to the club as a precaution.
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Joey Bart took over behind the plate, but the Giants may need a new backup for a few days. Bart recently came off a concussion himself, and this is a staff that is extremely cautious — rightfully so — when a player gets hit in the head.
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