Matt Cain has only one question for the haters, naysayers and critics who said “stick a fork in him, he’s done.” He wants to know: “how do you like me now?”
The answer is a lot. Cain is pitching like his old top-of-the-rotation self.
Yesterday, when the game aired on Fox Sports, the announcers were generous enough to acknowledge that Cain has been pitching well of late. They still figured the Cubs were a shoe-in. That’s ok. We prefer it when they don’t talk about the Giants as the team to beat.
The best part about yesterday’s outing–other than the fact that Matt Cain pitched a helluva game–he got run support. Of all the Giants pitchers over the years, it’s a sad fact that Cain often does not get run support. Oh sure it’s happened on occasion. Remember the perfect game? Ten runs.
Score early, score often–that’s the key to providing run support. In the second inning Brandon Crawford hit a two-out single and Gregor Blanco drew a walk. Cain helped himself by hitting a line drive double that scored both runners.
In the third, Joe Panik doubled, advanced to third on Kelby Tomlinson’s sac bunt and scored on Buster Posey’s home run. Matt Duffy was up next and he singled, stole second, then scored on Trevor Brown’s single.
Cain pitched six innings–he allowed one run (a solo home run), six hits and two walks while striking out five. He looked good out there. The bullpen allowed the Cubs a couple more runs. The final score was:
Giants 5, Cubs 3
Madison Bumgarner is pitching today’s game against the Cubs. Game time is 5:05 pm and will be shown on TV on ESPN or heard on KNBR 680. I just want our announcers back. You can chat with other Giants fans for that at the Yard experience by following the Game Time thread on Facebook. Here’s the link: