It was an evening for Milestones Denied, and Bruce Bochy's thoroughly rational decision to have Brian Wilson close the game should not be held against him. But Matt Cain was denied a complete game (it would have been his third in a row), and his Stopperesque Studliness should not be disrespected like that.
For the second straight start, no. 18 was dominant against a good-hitting club (.332 wOBA T4th NL), and for the fourth time this year has gone at least 8 IP. After three ND starts to open the season, he's had a decision (4-4) in the next eight. Cain has allowed 3, 3, 2, 2, 0, 2, 5, 2, 0, 0, 1 ER in those eleven outings, failing to go at least 6 IP only once. If we think of tonight's start as one-third of the way through Matt's season, he's on pace to give the Giants 229 IP, 153 H, 60 ER, 12 HR, 75 BB, and 168 SO. That would be one hell of a line for a guy to be 12-12! Let's hope we see more of tonight's offense--I know it was only four runs, but with Cain dealing it was enough. Great to see Buster Posey swinging the bat well, and both Rowand and Molina showed signs of The Resurrection with big RBI hits.
Final line on Cain: 30 TBF (1st pitch strike to 20), 5 GB, 14 FB, 3 BB, 5 K, 114 pitches to get 24 outs. Great night for the Tennesse Stud, nice win for the club, avoiding the sweep and perhaps taking some "mo" from the 6-3 homestand to Pittsburgh. Let's hope the bats come alive against the Pirates woeful pitching--their 4.74 FIP is next-to-last in the NL.