Giants 9, Cubs 7
Pablo Sandoval played his final game before leaving camp to join
Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic. He left a good
Sandoval hit a towering home run, the only blemish for Carlos
Villanueva on Sunday, and a San Francisco Giants split squad beat
the Chicago Cubs 9-7.
”I’m getting more exciting every day,” Sandoval said. ”I feel
ready. I didn’t do as much in winter league. I really wanted to be
ready for the WBC.”
Gregor Blanco drove in two runs for the Giants, who are losing
eight players to the WBC after this weekend.
”I’m looking to the challenges ahead,” Sandoval said. ”We
have a lot of guys from several teams on the club.”
Should Venezuela reach the finals, to be played at AT&T
Park, it would mean something extra for Sandoval.
”That would be the best,” he said. ”I have so many great
memories in that park, like last year’s World Series.”
Sandoval was the World Series MVP in the Giants’ sweep of the
Villanueva, a candidate for the Cubs’ starting rotation, gave up
one run on four hits over three innings. He walked one and struck
The home run pitch to Sandoval was just a few inches off the
”I’ve known about him for a long time,” said Villanueva,
originally signed by the Giants as an amateur in 2002. ”Playing in
the same organization you always know about guys.”
Despite the home run, Villanueva said he felt his best in his
”My last start I didn’t get a chance to work through my
mechanics,” he said. ”But that third inning I had better
Villanueva, with seven years in the majors, signed with the Cubs
as a free agent.
”Front office guys, they do their scouting on all the
players,” Villanueva said. ”I did my scouting of the front office
guys. I got to choose this time and I wanted to be comfortable and
surrounded by guys who put team first. I like what we are building
here. We have guys with that kind of personality.”
Yusmeiro Petit gave the Giants a nice outing in place of Tim
Lincecum, who was scratched because of a blister on his right
middle finger. Petit gave up a hit in three innings with one
”He pitched very well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Steve Clevenger had two hits and drove in two runs and Dioner
Navarro added two RBIs for the Cubs.
Giants infielder Kenuke Tanaka had two hits, drove in a run,
stole a base and made a nice defensive play from second base in his
quest to find a permanent job in the majors.
Adam Duvall, who figures to see more action while Marco Scutaro
plays for Venezuela, hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Johnny Monell, who has been bouncing around in the Giants’
organization for six years, added two hits and drove in a run.
NOTES: Lincecum said he didn’t think the blister would affect
his preparation and he was still going to play catch. … Giants
LHP Jeremy Affeldt only got one out, giving up three runs on two
hits and three walks after throwing three scoreless innings. …
Giants closer Sergio Romo pitched a perfect inning. … Cubs RHP
Whitenack pitched a perfect inning for the Cubs. … RHP Marco
Estrada will pitch for the Cubs on Sunday against the Milwaukee
Brewers and RHP Nick Struck starts the Cubs game at the Los Angeles
Angels. … LHP Barry Zito takes the mound for the Giants against
the Arizona Diamondbacks.