Nate Schierholtz wasn't a big star during his six seasons with the Giants but he was a popular player nonetheless. Schierholtz returned Friday to AT&T Park where the Cubs edged the Giants 3-2 with a wild ending. "Everybody who came to the game definitely got their money's worth" said Cubs starter Edwin Jackson who got a no-decision. After fouling off two pitches with a 3-2 count Rizzo hit a grounder to first that went through Brandon Belt allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score. "Good at-bat" manager Dale Sveum said. "Obviously it was a missile right down the line. Fortunately it went right through (Belt's) legs. But it was a good at-bat. He hit the ball as hard as you're going to hit it." Closer Kevin Gregg gave up a leadoff single to Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the inning but got the next three hitters on fly balls to notch his 20th save. The Giants had taken a 2-1 lead on Jeff Francoeur's one-out two-run bloop single to right off Jackson in the seventh inning. "That's the game of baseball" Jackson said. "Sometimes you make good pitches and hitters they get hits off them. That's the way the game goes sometimes. Nevertheless we did a great job of battling back." The throw from Schierholtz got past catcher Welington Castillo and went to the wall behind home plate where Jackson had gone to back up the plate but for some reason had his back to the play. The ball ricocheted right to Jackson however and he wound up running down Belt between third and home for the second out. It looked like Jackson was not paying attention. "Yeah I think he was frustrated that the ball fell in" Sveum said. "And then he kind of lost concentration right there. Luckily the ball hit where it did and he saw where the ball was and ended up making the play." Belt agreed saying: "Jackson wasn't even looking. He had no idea where the ball was." Sveum laughed at the perfect bounce to Jackson. Jackson said he had stopped so he wouldn't run into Sandoval the first runner who scored.
Cubs rally in ninth for 3-2 win over Giants
Chicago Tribune | Jul 27