Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
- The Cubs have yet to win a road series this season, and their 8-17 road record is third worst in baseball. However, they swept their last series at San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 6-3 in the lowest-scoring series ever between Chicago and San Francisco.
- The Giants have the best May record in the NL at 15-7. The last time San Francisco won more than two-thirds of its games in May was 1983 (19-7). The key to San Francisco's success has been its pitching: the Giants' 2.83 ERA (65 ER/207.0 IP) leads the majors this month.
- Anthony Rizzo has gone just 2-for-22 (.091) over his last seven games, but he still leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 84 times on base, thanks in large part to his 37 walks, which lead the NL.
- Michael Morse drove in four runs yesterday, giving him 33 RBI after he had 27 RBI in 88 games last season. Morse's improvement from 11.6 AB/RBI last season to 5.0 AB/RBI this season is the second-biggest improvement in the NL, minimum 2 PA/team game (Jimmy Rollins).
- Jeff Samardzija's 1.46 ERA (11/68) is by far the lowest in the last 100 years for a pitcher with no wins in his first 10 starts of a season. The next-lowest ERA since 1914 was Bill Piercy's 2.69 for the 1923 Red Sox.
- Yusmeiro Petit has faced the Cubs six times in his career, all from 2006-09. In two appearances at Wrigley Field, Petit went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing three hits in seven innings. In four home appearances against the Cubs, Petit is 1-1 with a 7.90 ERA (12 ER/13.2 IP).
- Cabrera hurt as Tigers salvage DH split
- Angels beat A's 2-0, push West lead to 4
- Peavy loses no-hitter in 8th, Giants win
- Royals lose, fall into tie atop Central
- Pedroia possibly concussed in BoSox loss
By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- Tim Hudson has enjoyed a strong start to his tenure in San Francisco.
He's also been very good against the Chicago Cubs in recent years.
The right-hander hopes to continue his success on both fronts while trying to help the Giants avoid a fifth consecutive home defeat to the Cubs on Tuesday night.
Since allowing a season-high four runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-4, 10-inning home victory over Colorado on April 13, Hudson (4-2, 2.13 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA in six outings. He allowed a run and five hits and was removed following an 82-minute rain delay before the start of the fourth inning Thursday at Colorado. The game was suspended in the sixth with the score tied at 2.
Hudson, who turns 39 in July, went 2-0 despite a 4.70 ERA in his first four starts against the Cubs (19-30), but has yielded a run in each of the last three versus Chicago for a 1.33 ERA while going 1-1 during that span for Atlanta.
The former Oakland pitcher is 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts at home in his return to northern California pitching for the Bay Area's other team.
However, Chicago has held the Giants (32-19) to seven runs during a four-game winning streak at AT&T Park - it's longest current run of success on the road against any opponent. Jeff Samardzija, who entered Monday's meeting with a major-league best 1.46 ERA, allowed four runs in seven innings but earned his first victory in 17 starts during the 8-4 victory that snapped San Francisco's season-high four-game home winning streak.
"It's just one game," reliever Javier Lopez told the Giants' official website. "I don't think guys are super worried about it."
Ex-Giant Nate Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season as Chicago improved to 3-2 on a 10-game trip. Teammate Luis Valbuena added two hits, and is batting .405 (15 for 37) with five RBIs in his last 10 games.
"There were big contributions by everybody in the ballgame," manager Rick Renteria told the Cubs' official website.
Emilio Bonifacio, who also had two hits after going 0 for 9 in the previous three contests, is batting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles versus Hudson.
Just activated off the disabled list from a strained left hamstring, Chicago's Justin Ruggiano is batting .229 in 14 games this season, but could be in the lineup for going 4 for 7 against Hudson.
Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.33) has allowed a run and four hits in each of his last two starts. He yielded a homer and struck out seven in six innings of a 5-1 win at San Diego on Thursday.
In his only previous appearance against the Giants in 2010, the right-hander gave up a homer to Pablo Sandoval and two other hits over seven-plus innings of a 4-1 victory at San Francisco for Baltimore.
Sandoval hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs on Monday.
A .357 hitter in 15 career games against the Cubs at AT&T Park, Sandoval is batting .378 (17 for 45) with four homers and 12 RBIs during a 12-game home hitting streak.
Updated May 26, 2014