SF Giants twice bitten, came up shy

Matt Cain, Dave Righetti

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain, center, gets a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dave Righetti (19) after Cain gave up an RBI triple to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

I waited. I even waited patiently.

Matt Cain was great through four. In fact, although he walked a couple of Diamondbacks in the first four innings (I’m not counting the intentional walk), he didn’t give up a hit. Not one. Then the fifth inning rolled around and it was like Colorado all over again. The wheels came flying off the bus and the Snakes scored three runs on five hits off Cain. He walked four and struck out two.

I’ll be totally honest with you, I’m worried about Cain. I know it’s still early, but clearly he hasn’t figured out what is happening after he goes through the opps line up twice. Cain’s first game this season was the one against the Dodgers at home—the one where the Dodgers rookie took a no hitter into the eighth. Once the rookie left, the Giants got a couple of hits and scored some runs, beating the Dodgers, but Cain left the game in the sixth and got a no decision. That was his best performance so far. He kept the Dodgers from running away with the game, giving the Giants a chance to score a couple of runs to tie it up. And that’s just what they did.

Last night the bullpen was fabulous. The Giants changed pitchers with one out to go in the fifth–Mike Broadway took over for Cain–he threw to five hitters, allowed two hits and struck out two. Javier Lopez struck out his lefty target and Hunter Strickland gave us a nice three–up, three–down inning. Best of all, Steven Okert made his big league debut. He pitched the eighth and ninth, facing eight batters. He allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two. Welcome to the bigs, Steven Okert!

I was still waiting for the Giants to put some runs on the board.

Matt Duffy drew a walk to lead-off the ninth, Brandon Belt pinch hit for the pitcher and flied out to center. Angel Pagan was up next—so far he’d struck out three times—he hit into a force out, reaching on a fielder’s choice, bringing up Denard Span with one out left. Span ground out to end the inning and the game. The final score was:

Giants 0, Arizona 3

Shut out by the Snakes. It was, to say the least, a disappointment. That’s all I have to say about that.

Tonight’s game will be a Clash of the Titans. The Giants have Madison Bumgarner on the mound, facing the famous—or infamous—Zack Greinke. I gotta say, for me, this one is a must-win. Game time is 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on CSN-BA and KNBR 680.

#weareSF               #weareGIANT               #letsgetEVEN

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