The San Francisco Giants are set to face their second straight overmatched opponent.
Based on the difficulty they had sweeping baseball's worst team, the NL West-leading Giants are unlikely to overlook Chicago in Friday's opener - especially after the resilience the Cubs displayed in their last game
San Francisco (74-57) arrives in Chicago with a season-high 4 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles in the division after beating Houston 8-4 on Thursday. Nothing came easy against the Astros for the Giants, who rallied in the ninth in the opener, nearly coughed up a four-run lead in the middle game and overcame a 4-0 deficit in the finale.
"We kept the energy up just enough to get three wins," said Brandon Belt, who went 4 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI on Thursday, "and hopefully we can keep it going."
The Giants also had trouble putting away the Cubs, owner of the majors' second-worst record, in early June at AT&T Park, though they managed to win all four games. San Francisco outs...