Cubs lose to Giants; record falls to worst in majors
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter May 27, 2014 11:36PM
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo grounds out against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
Updated: June 29, 2014 6:46AM
SAN FRANCISCO — In Chicago, Cubs front-office officials are in the final stretch of meetings and background work in preparation for the draft, which will be held next week.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the big-league team they put together just made their boldest statement yet about the 2015 draft, losing 4-0 on Tuesday to the Giants to claim sole possession of the worst record in the majors (19-31).
If the Cubs finish with the worst record in the majors, they would get the top overall pick for only the second time in franchise history. The first time it happened, they selected shortstop Shawon Dunston in 1982.
The Giants scored twice each in the first and fifth innings against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (1-1). Giants starter Tim Hudson (5-2) shut them out for seven innings, allowing six hits.
The first National League All-Star voting returns are due out Wednesday, and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro might be among the leaders.
But the bigger All-Star intrigue involves Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija’s bid to earn his first selection after notching his first victory Monday despite having the second-best ERA in the majors (1.68).
‘‘I’m not a big accolades guy,’’ Samardzija said when asked about being in the All-Star conversation and whether that was a goal. ‘‘I’m not a big goals guy. Outside of 200-plus innings, I don’t really set too many goals.
‘‘I just understand that your game speaks for itself, so you go out and do your job. [If] you do it well, people notice, and things like that take care of themselves.’’
Lefty reliever Wesley Wright left the Cubs after the game Monday to return to Chicago to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Milwaukee.
† Right-hander Blake Parker, who hasn’t allowed a walk in 12 appearances at Class AAA Iowa, rejoined the Cubs’ bullpen for the last two games against the Giants.