May 27: Cubs (19-31) 0, Giants (33-19) 4
Veteran right-hander Tim Hudson did what he does best on Tuesday night as he kept the Chicago Cubs bats quiet to help the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 shutout. Hudson went seven scoreless frames, allowing six hits and fanning five.
The Giants got all the offense they would need in the very first inning as Buster Poser sacrificed a run home a deep fly ball to right. Michael Morse followed that up with a two-out RBI single deflected off of pitcher Jake Arrieta.
Hudson gave up a few harmless singles in the third and fourth innings before giving up a double to Mike Olt in the fifth. With one out, Hudson wiggled out of trouble to keep San Fran up 2-0.
In the bottom half of that same inning, the Giants rewarded Hudson with two more runs. Posey sacrificed his second run of the game with a fly ball to left. Now with two outs, Pablo Sandoval came up with a big RBI single to left to push the Giants lead to four.
Hudson then gave up singles to Anthony Rizzo in the sixth and Wellington Castillo in the seventh before shutting the door on the Cubs in his seven scoreless frames.
Relief pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Joaquin Arias came in in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close things out for the Giants.
Hudson’s line was stellar in the game as he finished with five strikeouts, zero walks and seven innings under his belt. The 38-year-old Hudson earned his fifth win and lowered his ERA to an impeccable 1.92 on the year.
On the other side, Arrieta gave up all four runs in his six innings of work. He coughed up seven hits and walked one in the loss.
San Francisco improved to an impressive 33-19 on the season with the win, while the Cubs fell to 19-31 with the loss.