Cubs Game Notes For Thursday vs. San Francisco
* The Giants beat the Diamondbacks, 4-2, in San Francisco on Wednesday, splitting a two-game set. San Francisco is now 4-2 in their last six after dropping eight of the previous ten. The four games against the Cubs are the final games the Giants will play in either the Eastern or Central time zones this season.
* The Cubs beat the Pirates, 6-5, in Chicago on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep. The win capped off a month that saw the Cubs go 22-6 (.786), tied with the 1880 and 1932 teams for the third-best August performance in team history (11-3 in 1880 and 22-6 in 1932).
* The Giants took two of three between the teams in San Francisco in May, with the Cubs posting an 8-1 win before the Giants answered with 5-3 and 1-0 wins of their own. Since the start of the 2014 season, the teams have split the 16 matchups between them, but the Cubs have gone 5-2 at home in that timespan.
* Jeff Samardzija threw 7.0 shutout innings against the Braves on Friday, picking up his 11th win of the season and bringing his ERA for the year to an even 4.00. Samardzija will be making his first start in Wrigley as a visiting pitcher. In 104 appearances there as a starter and a reliever, he is a combined 15-17 with one save and a 3.84 ERA.
* Mike Montgomery allowed three runs (all earned) in 5.0 innings against the Dodgers on Friday, but got a no-decision after the Cubs staged a late-inning rally and won in extra innings. This will be Montgomery’s third start as a Cub. He picked up a win as a reliever, but has yet to get a decision as a starter with Chicago.
* Kris Bryant continued his now 13-game hit streak last night with a home run and a single. During the streak, he has eight home runs, and two multi-homer games. Bryant’s career high streak came last June, when he had 14 straight games with a hit.