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Live coverage, stats and updates of San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs – June 17, 2024 Gametracker

Live coverage, stats and updates of San Francisco Giants vs.  Chicago Cubs – June 17, 2024 Gametracker

Right-hander Javier Assad will try to break his five-game winless streak on Monday when the Chicago Cubs host the San Francisco Giants in the opener of their three-game series.

Assad (4-2, 2.81 ERA) is 0-2 and has surrendered six home runs in that stretch. He’s also been plagued by walks and high pitches, so much so that he has failed to go five innings in four of his 14 starts this season.

That was the case Wednesday when he allowed one homer and two walks en route to a 90-pitch outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was given a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of the 4-3 Cubs victory.

Assad did not fare well in his only career appearance against San Francisco. He scored three runs on five hits – including a homer – in two innings of relief in a no-decision in a loss at Chicago on June 11, 2023.

Like Assad, the Cubs are in a downward spiral. Chicago fell for the 16th time in 23 games on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago collected only five basehits, went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

“It was a light day offensively,” Cubs manager Craig Counsell said. “We didn’t do enough to score points, flat out.”

Despite the struggles in Chicago, Dansby Swanson said his team has the talent to turn things around.

“We have a lot of guys who have been there and done that and had successful careers and proven to be really good hitters,” Swanson said. “We know that and we believe that. You just have to keep going, and at some point the tide will turn.”

The tide turned for San Francisco in a big way on Sunday in the fourth inning of the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels. The Giants scored nine runs in that inning, with Jorge Soler’s three-run homer highlighting the frame. Soler also drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the eighth inning, capping his four-RBI performance in the 13-6 victory in San Francisco.

Soler is 15-for-48 (.313) with two home runs, six RBIs and 10 runs so far in June. By comparison, he hit .133 in March, .233 in April and .164 in May.

San Francisco collected 16 hits on Sunday and went 9-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander Jordan Hicks (4-3, 3.01) is expected to start for the Giants on Monday – provided he feels healthy enough to do so.

Hicks, 27, fell to 0-2 in his past four starts after scoring three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 3-1 setback against the Houston Astros on Tuesday. A severe case of flu left him in bed and on IV drips in the days leading up to the start.

However, San Francisco manager Bob Melvin came to his pitcher’s defense after that performance.

“I think based on what he had to deal with today, the line doesn’t look great, but I thought he threw pretty well,” Melvin said Tuesday.

Hicks is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and one save in 18 appearances against the Cubs.

–Field-level media

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