Castillo's three-hit pitching paces Cubs past Giants, 3-2 National League

September 07, 1991

CHICAGO -- Frank Castillo pitched three-hit ball for 8 1/3 innings and George Bell homered as the Chicago Cubs beat San Francisco 3-2 yesterday, sending the Giants to their fifth straight loss.

Castillo (6-3) gave up an unearned run in the second inning and then retired 15 straight before Willie McGee singled to open the seventh. The rookie right-hander walked one and struck out 10 before Dave Smith got the last two outs for his 17th save.

Castillo said he thought taking him out was the right move. "I was getting tired," he said. Smith, who had just come off the disabled list, was happy as well.

"It's been a long time coming," Smith said of his first save since June 14.

Giants manager Roger Craig said Castillo was outstanding.

"He's not overpowering but he throws strikes," Craig said. "We had our chances but we didn't do it. It's typical of every game we've played."

Castillo gave the credit to his catcher, Hector Villanueva.

"Hector called a great game and helped make it easy for me," Castillo said.

Meanwhile, Giants starter Bryan Hickerson (1-1) gave up seven hits in five innings.

"My guy pitched good but not as good as Castillo," Craig said. "They had their chances and they came up with big runs, we couldn't do it."

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the second on Kirt Manwaring's sacrifice fly and the Cubs tied it on Bell's 24th homer in the fourth off Hickerson.

Andre Dawson doubled with two outs in the fifth and Bell was walked intentionally. Villanueva followed with a single to make it 2-1.

The Cubs added their third run off Kelly Downs in the eighth when Bell walked, Villanueva singled pinch runner Ced Landrum to third and Shawon Dunston singled.

The Giants scored a run in the ninth on Matt Williams' RBI single.

SAN FRANCISCO AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Wood rf 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000

e-Bass ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231

Kingery 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .200

McGee cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .303

KvMitchell lf 4 1 0 0 0 1 .267

MaWilliams 3b 4 0 2 1 0 2 .260

RThompson 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .275

Manwaring c 1 0 0 1 0 0 .244

c-Leonard ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250

Kennedy c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232

Uribe ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .239

Hickerson p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

a-Felder ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267

Downs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .087

Brantley p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

d-Herr ph 0 1 0 0 1 0 .202

Totals 31 2 5 2 1 10

CHICAGO AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

CWalker 3b-cf 4 0 0 0 1 1 .266

Grace 1b 4 0 0 0 1 0 .282

Sandberg 2b 3 0 1 0 1 0 .288

Dawson rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .274

GBell lf 2 1 1 1 2 0 .292

1-CLandrum pr-lf 0 1 0 0 0 0 .255

Villanueva c 4 0 3 1 0 1 .283

2-Wilkins pr-c 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226

Dunston ss 4 0 1 1 0 1 .260

Dascenzo cf 1 0 1 0 1 0 .246

b-May ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Vizcaino 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .259

FCastillo p 3 0 1 0 0 1 .160

DaSmith p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 31 3 9 3 6 6 San Francisco 010 000 001 -- 2 5 0

Chicago 000 110 01x -- 3 9 1

a-grounded out for Hickerson in the 5th. b-fouled out for Dascenzo in the 7th. c-struck out for Manwaring in the 8th. d-walked for Brantley in the 8th. e-lined out for Wood in the 9th.

1-ran for Bell in the 8th. 2-ran for Villanueva in the 8th.

E -- CWalker (6). LOB -- San Francisco 4, Chicago 11. 2B -- Sandberg (26), Dawson (17). HR -- GBell (24) off Hickerson. RBI -- MaWilliams (80), Manwaring (16), GBell (80), Villanueva (19), Dunston (44). CS -- McGee (9). S -- FCastillo. SF -- Manwaring. GIDP -- Sandberg.

Runners left in scoring position -- San Francisco 2 (RThompson 2); Chicago 7 (CWalker, Grace 2, Dawson, Dunston 2, FCastillo).

DP -- San Francisco 1 (MaWilliams, RThompson and Kingery).

San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Hickerson L, 1-1 5 7 2 2 4 5 84 3.77

Downs 2 1 1 1 1 0 20 3.92

Brantley 1 1 0 0 1 1 19 2.64

Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

FCastillo W, 6-3 8 1/3 3 2 1 1 10 118 3.48

DaSmith S, 17 2/3 2 0 0 0 0 12 5.23

Downs pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Inherited runners-scored -- Brantley 2-1, DaSmith 2-1.

IBB -- off Hickerson (GBell) 1.

Umpires -- Home, Darling; First, Rennert; Second, Quick; Third, Harvey.

T -- 2:47. A -- 22,090.

Expos 4, Reds 1

MONTREAL -- Chris Haney allowed four hits in seven innings and Larry Walker hit a go-ahead double in the sixth, as Montreal beat Cincinnati for its sixth victory in seven games.

Haney (3-4) allowed a run in the first as three of the first four Reds reached base. He allowed only two more hits and finished with three strikeouts and one walk. Mel Rojas pitched two hitless innings for his second save.

Scott Scudder (5-6) lost for the third time in four starts, allowing eight hits in six-plus innings.

Cincinnati went ahead in the first when Billy Hatcher doubled and scored on Chris Sabo's single.

Montreal tied it in the the bottom of the inning when Delino DeShields singled, Dave Martinez walked and Tim Wallach singled.

Martinez led off the sixth with a single and scored on Walker's one-out double for a 2-1 lead.

Montreal added two runs in the eighth after Martinez and Wallach led off with consecutive singles. The runners pulled off a double steal and Martinez scored when catcher Joe Oliver's throw wound up in left field for an error. Wallach took third on the play and scored on Nelson Santovenia's sacrifice fly.

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