Matt Cain threw balls when he needed to throw strikes, and he threw strikes when he needed to throw balls. That's how you come away with an ugly 6-2/3 with 5 ER. Getting those 20 outs took 32 batters and 114 pitches. It was a painful slog for the Giants, who were outplayed on both sides of the ball by a crisp and competent club. (They "play a clean game" in Krukovian.) Clayton Richard made us look pretty feeble, and their bullpen shut us down again. The Padres ran wild--the book on the Giants must be "their pitchers can't hold runners." I'm really getting sick of losing to San Diego. They win with pitching and no offense, and they are doing it better than the Giants, who are supposed to be the team winning with pitching and no offense.
Jonathan Sanchez tomorrow afternoon.