Somebody clearly feared the Curse of the Billy Goat from 1945 might expire and delivered a goat's head in a box to a Wrigley Field security guard on Wednesday.
Since then, the Cubs had a game rained out, top prospect Jorge Soler was suspended five games in the Florida State League for going after an entire opposing team with a bat and they took a five-run lead against the Giants on a frigid, wet afternoon, only to let the Giants score seven times over two innings.
Ultimately, Thursday's 7-6 Giants victory should be remembered more for Nick Noonan's first big-league start. Noonan made a throwing error on his first play at second base then more than atoned with three singles, two contributing to the seven-run burst.
The Giants won the first of four day games here to finish their first 10 games at 7-3.
Ryan Vogelsong allowed five runs for the second consecutive start, with one unearned, to fall behind 5-0 after three innings.
But the Giants batted around in the fourth and fifth innings, benefiting from some awful Cubs defense and pitching, to storm ahead 7-5.
Once he got a lead, Vogelsong regrouped and retired his final nine hitters, finishing six innings. Angel Pagan contributed a long run and sliding catch to rob Luis Valbuena of extra bases.
The Giants tied the game when Hisanori Takahashi walked Vogelsong with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth . They took a 6-5 lead on a Brandon Crawford single and added a run on the second RBI walk of the inning, by Pablo Sandoval.
Vogelsong batted after Noonan lofted his third hit into center field. An inning earlier, the Giants scored four runs after Noonan extended the rally with a perfectly executed hit-and-run single.