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Postby kaisy on Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:28 am

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nate Schierholtzs recent power surge might not be enough to turn the Chicago Cubs season around. It sure is making the year a lot easier for the slugging outfielder to handle. Getting a game-winning home run against his former club? Well, thats just icing on the cake. Cheered in every at-bat this series by the crowd at AT&T Park, Schierholtz homered off ex-teammate Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. "I cant really describe it, but it felt good," Schierholtz said. "I always loved playing here. I love the fans here. I couldnt ask for a better reception." Dropped to sixth in the Cubs lineup after batting cleanup a night earlier in the clubs first game after trading Alfonso Soriano, Schierholtz worked a full count off Romo (3-6) before hitting a towering blast into the right field stands to hand Romo his second loss in as many games. Schierholtz played with San Francisco from 2007-2012 before getting traded to Philadelphia in exchange for Hunter Pence midway through last season. He signed with Chicago as a free agent in the off-season and had been bothered by shoulder problems earlier in the year before heating up over the past two weeks. The home run off Romo was Schierholtzs 14th of the season and third on the teams current 10-game road trip. Seven of his 10 hits on the road trip have been for extra bases. "Its pretty nice to watch," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Its obviously huge for him to do that to his old team." Starlin Castro added two hits for Chicago, which is 18-13 in its last 31 games. Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings for San Francisco but left without a decision. The World Series champs have lost six of seven and are a season-high 11 games under .500. Since May 13, the Giants have the worst record in the majors at 23-42. "Were in a tough rut now and we know it," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just have to keep working and trying. We couldnt even get a cheap hit and we got what we deserve." Pedro Strop (1-0) pitched one inning for the win despite making two mental mistakes that helped the Giants load the bases with no outs in the eighth. Strop twice made late throws on sacrifice bunt attempts but got out of it when Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval grounded into forceouts at home and Hunter Pence struck out. "That was one of our more exciting innings of the year," Sveum said. "We were going to win it or lose it there." Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 21st save to complete the five-hitter, getting pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to ground into a 3-2-3 double play after San Francisco loaded the bases with one out. The Cubs won their second straight in this three-game set after dropping three of four to the Giants at Wrigley Field in April. Chicago scored two unearned runs in the ninth inning to beat San Francisco 3-2 on Friday. This one went down to the wire again. Chicago only got one runner to second base until Schierholtzs homer. That was enough to hold off the slumping Giants, who were shut out for the ninth time this season. Both starters were dominant but left without a decision. Chicago rookie Chris Rusin needed just 27 pitches to get through the third inning and didnt allow a baserunner until Pences one-out walk in the fifth. One batter later Joaquin Arias grounded a single to centre to end the no-hit bid. Rusin also worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth and got help in the seventh when first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a leaping stab of Brandon Belts high liner to strand Pence at third base after he led off the inning with a ground-rule double. Bumgarner was equally effective until leaving for a pinch hitter in the eighth. The Giants most consistent starter this season and an All-Star, Bumgarner overcame a pair of errors behind him and pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam when Andres Torres made a diving catch on Schierholtzs sinking liner in the sixth. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks. NOTES: The Giants committed two more errors and lead the majors with 76 this season. ... Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong threw 45 pitches over 2 2-3 innings in his second rehabilitation outing after going on the disabled list with a fractured right hand. Vogelsong will accompany the big league club on a trip to the White House on Monday before joining Double-A Richmond for his next appearance. ... RHP Tim Lincecum (5-10, 4.73 ERA), who allowed eight runs on Monday in his first start since throwing a no-hitter, pitches for the Giants in the series finale. ... LHP Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95) goes for Chicago and is winless in four career starts against San Francisco. ... Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti rejoined the club after having elbow surgery Wednesday. Jacoby Ford Jersey . Rosberg posted his second career pole and the best performance of the year for the 27-year-old German who has retired early in two of the three races. He was forced by the team to finish behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in fourth place in Malaysia. "Yes! Come on guys, thats how its done," Rosberg yelled into the radio. Bo Jackson Jersey . The team said Friday it has signed a multi-year contract with the French driver. "Its a privilege to have Seb once again piloting the No. ... sey_Ve_33/ .C. Sabathia. Hes still coming through when it counts for the New York Yankees. Lamarr Houston Jersey . Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka scored 16 points apiece as the starters jumped out to a quick lead, then watched from the bench as the reserves closed out a 108-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. James Harden returned from a strained left groin and also scored 16 in his usual sixth-man role. Art Shell Jersey . The Lakers confirmed the long-planned honours Thursday. The statue of Abdul-Jabbar will be unveiled in Staples Centers Star Plaza on Nov. 16, joining statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West and broadcaster Chick Hearn.The Toronto Argonauts will be in need of another player to shore up their defensive line as DE Khalif Mitchell is not planning to report to the team, despite being acquired from the B.C. Lions in a trade earlier this month. Mitchells advisor, Guy Gillingham told TSN he is "1,000 per cent" sure the 27-year-old will not be reporting to Toronto because he wants to stay on the West coast. "Khalif just wants a fresh start and wants to play his final season in the CFL," said Gillingham - confirming that Mitchell would try the NFL again after his contract expires at the end of the 2013 season. Mitchell wants to be traded to Calgary or Edmonton only, or have the trade between the Lions and Argos reversed and have the Lions release him. The Virginia Beach, Va native has a new job with a Seattle-based company and, as a result, would prefer to stay in the West. Mitchell turned down a contract offer with a signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins before the 2012 season, to stay with BC. The Argonauts sent DE Adrian Awasom and the rights to a negotiation listt player to the Lions in exchange for the six-foot-five, 316-pound Mitchell, who was named a CFL all-star in 2011.dddddddddddd The Lions had been trying to trade Mitchell since January at the Senior Bowl. "We made overtures to a number of teams and the only one that showed any interest was Toronto," said Wally Buono. As for the possibility of trading Mitchell back to BC to get released, Buono added, "Thats something I have no interest in discussing." On Friday, the Toronto Argonauts released the following statement. "On April 2, 2013, The Toronto Argonauts made a trade in good faith with the BC Lions and acquired import DL Khalif Mitchell. All Argonauts players, as per the Canadian Football League, are expected to report to training camp on June 1, 2013. The club will have no further comment on the matter at this time." Mitchell has registered 54 tackles and eight sacks in 34 career CFL games. Prior to joining the Lions, Mitchell spent two seasons on the practice roster of the NFLs San Francisco 49ers. - with files from TSNs Farhan Lalji ' ' '
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