Cubs claim worst record in MLB with 4-0 loss to Hudson, Giants
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter May 27, 2014 11:56PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 12:24AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Hunkered down in Chicago, Cubs front office officials are in the final stretch of meetings and background work in preparation for next week’s draft.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the big-league team they put together just made their boldest statement yet toward a say in next year’s draft – losing 4-0 to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night to claim sole possession of the worst record in the majors.
Combined with Houston’s fourth victory in a row, the Cubs moved into No. 1 overall drafting position for 2015 with 112 games to play.
Former Cub Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence opened the first inning against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (1-1) with back-to-back singles and eventually scored on Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly and a two-out single by Michael Morse.
That gave Giants starter Tim Hudson (5-2) all he would need to hand the Cubs their third loss through six games on this West Coast swing. Hudson pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and no walks.
If the Cubs finish with the worst record in the majors, it would give them the top overall pick for only the second time in franchise history, first since taking shortstop Shawon Dunston – now a Giants coach – with the first selection in 1982.