Camp continues to be reliable force out of 'pen

Camp continues to be reliable force out of 'pen

CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Shawn Camp leads the Major Leagues with 68 appearances this season, and is on pace for 84, which would top his career high of 75 set in 2006. On Friday, he delivered in a tough spot.

Camp started the eighth, and the first two batters singled. But Camp got Pablo Sandoval looking at strike three. The Giants did score twice, but the damage could've been worse.

"[Camp] made a great pitch on Pablo that could have changed that inning," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

"It wasn't the greatest matchup in the world," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Camp-Sandoval. "For him to take strike three, he can put the barrel of the bat on the ball on any kind of pitch. That was definitely the turning point of the situation."

Camp was one of the Cubs' MVPs in the first half. He's been one of the most durable pitchers this season.

"He's done a great job all year long," Sveum said of the right-hander. "Yesterday, he's our setup guy, but it's probably not the best matchup going into it with their switch-hitters and guys who can handle the sweeping sliders that he throws."