8 3 0 0 2 8
Game Score 82
In his final home start, Matt Cain threw 8 shutout innings, facing only 5 batters over the minimum (3 hits, 2 walks), and racking up 8 strikeouts. Big Sugar finally got his career-high 14th win, pitching his best game since the first week of September (a 7 IP, 2 ER win in Milwaukee). In between he'd logged three ugly losses, allowing 15 ER in 14-1/3 IP. The 2009 Willie Mac Award winner ended his day with a flourish, whiffing the pesky Kosuke Fukudome (his second K of the day) on three pitches with two men on. The Tennessee Stud has been criticized for his failure to win the big matchups with LA and Colorado earlier in the month, and for the late-season drop-off in performance, so it was nice to see no. 18 put together an impressive performance for the Fan Appreciation Day crowd. Singling out one player for scapegoating in a TEAM sport is illogical, indefensible, and mean-spirited, but that's an argument for another day. Today the Giants got a satisfying win after an agonizing stretch of poor play, and that ought to be worth enjoying--at least until the next game.