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SF@LAD: Hudson goes six strong, allows just two runs

One win, one start, seven innings.

That's Chicago starter Jake Arrieta's experience with the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Tim Hudson, on the other hand, has a little more experience headed into Tuesday's matchup between the two teams.

Arrieta is coming off season highs in both innings pitched -- six -- and pitches thrown -- 94 -- in his last start against the Padres.

"I wanted to get deep into that game and preserve the guys in the bullpen," said Arrieta after earning his first win of the season on Thursday.

Arrieta is 1-0 on the season with a 2.33 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched and will try to close out a series victory for the Cubs.

Meanwhile, Hudson has thrown at least seven innings in seven of his last nine starts and has allowed no more than two earned runs in eight of those nine. He is 4-2 on the season with a 2.13 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

While Arrieta will get his second start of his career against the Giants, Hudson will get his eighth against the Cubs.

Hudson will try to continue his success against Chicago. The veteran right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his seven starts.

Giants: Posey struggling offensively
With nerve irritation in his back, Giants catcher Buster Posey has struggled to produce offensively. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Posey is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs, but will have the day off on Wednesday.

Before Monday, Posey had registered just two hits in 24 at-bats, and in his last 35, only four.

In Monday's 8-4 loss against the Cubs, Posey went 1-for-4. The lone hit was a single in the fourth inning.

"It's fair to say Buster isn't seeing it well right now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Cubs: Schierholtz progressing on offense
Posey isn't the only one struggling.

Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz entered Monday's game against the Giants batting .207, which is over 70 percentage points lower than this .281 average a year ago.

He's been working to get out of the slump, and Monday, with his first home run of the season, he proved that progress is on the way.

"It's something I had to figure out on my own," he said. "You have a million different people telling you a bunch of different things; it doesn't really always solve the problem. It almost makes it worse sometimes. I'm just trying to get back to the basics and keep it simple."

Worth noting
• The Cubs optioned Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa to get more at-bats after missing last season and part of 2012 for surgery on his right shoulder. Justin Ruggiano has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.

• San Francisco starter Matt Cain was scheduled to start Monday against the Cubs after being sidelined since the third inning of a May 21 game with a strained right hamstring. He did not start, however, but is expected to return soon.

• The Giants entered Monday's game with the league's best record and a four-game winning streak. But with the loss to the Cubs, it was snapped by the team with the NL's worst record, as of Monday.

• With three RBIs on Monday, Pablo Sandoval has tallied at least one RBI in six consecutive games, which is the longest such streak of his career. Comments