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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cubs Score 19 in Game 2, Sweep Giants

The Cubs may have come into this series as huge underdogs over the powerful Giants team, but they came away with a two-game sweep that included a 19-run battering in Game 2. The Cubs hold a still-lowly 9-16 record, while the Giants stand over .500 at 13-12.

Game 1: Cubs 4, Giants 3
W: Reuschel  (3-4)
L: Knepper (4-2)
S: Sutter (2)
MVP: Sutter

In an inspirational win for the home team at Wrigley, the Cubs come back from a 3-1 deficit to score three in the bottom the eighth off a wily Bob Knepper, who had held them in check with a no-hitter through six. The big hit was a ground ball from Bobby Murcer that he barely beat out for a single, allowing what would be the winning run to score. Bruce Sutter stuck out two in the ninth for the easy save.

Game 2: Cubs 19, Giants 3
W: Burris (4-2)
L: Blue (4-2)
MVP: Burris

This game was not only inspiring for the Cubs but downright ugly for the Giants. The Cubbies score nine in the third off nine hits in the frame, turning Vida "blue." It gets worse for reliever Lynn McGlothen, who allows nine more runs in 1.2 innings of "work" (if you call it that). Murcer drives in three, and seven Cubs players have at least two hits. Even starter Ray Burris gets in the act, clearing the bases with a triple.   

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