The clock is ticking. Only 10 games remain in the regular season -- and the Giants find themselves on the outside...looking in.
Randy Wells and Kosuke Fukudome led the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Giants on Wednesday night.
The loss -- coupled with the Padres win in Los Angeles, bumped the Giants into 2nd place in the NL West. The Giants were shutout for the 16th time this season (2nd most in Major League Baseball).
The Cubs have won seven of their last eight games, the lone loss 1-0 on Tuesday to the Giants on Buster Posey's home run.
After Wells walked Travis Ishikawa and allowed a double to Cody Ross with two outs in the eighth, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol struck out Freddy Sanchez to end the inning. Marmol struck out the side in the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances.
Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez (11-9) allowed two runs, one earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two, but also had a costly wild pitch in the fifth inning, resulting in a run. In his last five starts, the left-hander has only allowed three earned runs in 32 2-3 innings.
Sanchez allowed a leadoff double to Koyie Hill in the fifth inning. With Wells trying to put down a sacrifice bunt, Sanchez threw a wild pitch and Posey thought he had a chance at throwing out Hill at third, but his throw was wild and the ball rolled into foul territory allowing Hill to score without a throw to make it 2-0.
After allowing a leadoff double to Jose Guillen in the second inning, Wells retired the next 13 batters. Wells left Guillen stranded by getting Pablo Sandoval to ground out and fly outs from Juan Uribe and Sanchez.