Cubs blow lead, tie MLB record with five wild pitches for 10-7 loss to Giants
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 14, 2013 5:46PM
Updated: April 14, 2013 9:50PM
A “wild” game Sunday at Wrigley Field that saw Cubs pitchers throw five wild pitches in one inning and balk in the winning run in the 10th ended in a 10-7 victory for the San Francisco Giants. The five wild pitches in one inning tied a Major League record owned by two pitchers, most recently Rick Ankiel in 2000.
Reliever Shawn Camp gave up a two-out, game tying home run to Hunter Pence in the ninth to wipe out a 7-6 Cubs lead before his balk in the 10th allowed Hector Sanchez to score the go-ahead run.
The Cubs had five wild pitches, two passed balls, a hit batter and balk in a game with no official errors.
The defending world champion Giants took three games in the four-game series.
The teams traded leads from the first inning when the Giants scored once before the Cubs came back with four runs in the first off Giants starter Tim Lincecum on a pair of two-run homers by Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz.
The Giants scored four runs in the sixth on five wild pitches and four walks.
Starter Edwin Jackson, who had struck out nine, threw two of the wild pitches and walked two before reliever Michael Bowden entered, throwing three more wild pitches.
The Giants led 6-5 in the eighth before Anthony Rizzo doubled to start the inning. Three walks from Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt forced in the tying run before Alberto Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly for the lead.
Gonzalez also homered in the seventh, his first of the season.