San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
- The Giants took two of three from the Phillies over the weekend, winning their first series since August 1-4 vs. the Mets in the process. San Francisco had 33 hits in its series against Philadelphia -- its most in any three-game series this season.
- The Cubs beat the Mets, 4-1, yesterday, winning their second straight game, and splitting the four-game weekend series in New York with the victory. Chicago is 6-5 in its last 11 games at Wrigley Field (since July 28).
- San Francisco took two of three from Chicago at AT&T Park earlier this season, including back-to-back shutouts in the last two contests. The last time the Cubs were blanked three straight times by the same opponent was when the Braves did so, April 27-29, 1992.
- Ryan Vogelsong went 7.0 innings and allowed just two runs (both earned) in his last outing against the White Sox (August 12), and including a no-decision in that contest, is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last three starts overall. Vogelsong is 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs.
- Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs (both earned) in 6.2 innings of work in his last start vs. the Brewers on August 13, picking up his second MLB win, and improving to 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four outings overall. Tonight will be Wada's first career appearance against the Giants.
- Anthony Rizzo went deep in yesterday's triumph, giving him three homers and five RBI in his last seven games. Rizzo (zero HR in last nine games vs. Giants) is 5-for-15 (.333) during his current four-game hitting streak against San Francisco.
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- Cards fall to Reds but make playoffs
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By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- Jake Peavy finally ended a career-worst losing streak last week and gave the San Francisco Giants the kind of performance they wanted when they acquired him last month.
The right-hander will seek to lift his potentially weary teammates with another strong outing, and the Giants look to add to Chicago Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson's struggles while ending a season-worst road skid Wednesday night.
Peavy earned his first win in 19 starts and first in four games for the Giants last Wednesday with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. He yielded one run in seven innings after going 0-12 with a 5.25 ERA during his winless drought, which began after an 8-1 victory in Toronto on April 25 pitching for Boston.
The Giants landed the veteran from the Red Sox on July 26, and he went 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in his first three starts with the club.
"It was just a conversation piece," Peavy told MLB's official website. "Everything has an expiration date."
He now looks to help the Giants regain sole possession of the NL's second wild card spot and trim a 4 1/2-game deficit to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Peavy (1-3, 3.86 ERA) will also try to help the Giants rebound from a rain-shortened 2-0 loss in Tuesday's opener at Wrigley Field, their seventh in 10 games. After playing 4 1/2 innings, the Giants had to wait around 4 1/2 hours before their fifth consecutive road loss was official, their longest skid there since a seven-game losing streak June 15-29, 2013.
Peavy gave up two runs and fanned seven in six innings for Boston in his only other matchup with the Cubs this season, but was saddled with a 2-0 loss June 30. He was tagged for six runs in four innings in his most recent visit to Wrigley - an 8-3 loss for the White Sox on May 30, 2013 - after going 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA in his first seven starts there.
Jackson (6-13, 5.74) didn't fare much better in his most recent start at Wrigley on Thursday, getting charged with five runs in 4 2-3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee. He's 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA in his last six home starts and 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in his last 10 overall.
The right-hander owns MLB's highest ERA among qualifying starters, with John Danks' 4.94 for the White Sox the next closest. His 42 losses since 2012 are also the most of any pitcher.
"At this level, you can't afford to get down," Jackson told MLB's official website. "Obviously, you're disappointed, clearly you don't like the way you pitched. Clearly, I know I'm a way better pitcher than I've been showing.
"You can talk about it all day, but you still have to go on the field and prove it."
Jackson yielded two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings in his only other start against San Francisco this season, a 5-0 road loss May 28. He's 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in his last six matchups.
Former Cub Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval have given him the most trouble among current Giants hitters. Pagan is 6 for 9 lifetime against Jackson and Sandoval is 8 for 15.
Chris Coghlan is 3 for 6 in his career versus Peavy and Ryan Sweeney is 3 for 7. Anthony Rizzo, who has four homers in his last eight games, is 1 for 6 with no home runs lifetime against the veteran right-hander.
Updated August 20, 2014