After squeaking out narrow wins and going up 2-0 in the series, the Giants went for the kill tonight behind Matt Cain. The amazing Buster Posey, with some help from Andres Torres, Juan Uribe, and Pablo Sandoval, led an offensive explosion that produced EIGHT RUNS. In the 2nd inning, the Giants pounced on emergency starter Hisanori Takahashi and never looked back. I like it when we rack up the runs and crush 'em. By god, it feels good! The Mets are a decent club--they came into the series with a better record than the Giants.
Cain not only got run support, he took advantage of home plate umpire Mike Estabrook's generous strike zone and got the first 18 outs without too much trouble. The 24-inning scoreless streak finally came to an end in the top of the 7th when Carlos Beltran crushed a triple and Ike Davis blasted one in the water. The bullpen made a mess of things, but a six-run margin does wonders for your odds of winning. Cain had only thrown 93 pitches when he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 7th, so I'm not sure what that was about. In all, he faced 26 batters and allowed 4 hits and 2 runs, walking 1 and striking out 3, for a Game Score of 63. He also hit a double over Carlos Beltran in the 6th!
Other highlights: Pat Burrell's two walks, Nate's line drive hit in his only plate appearance, and Wilson's four-pitch save. The Dodgers and Rockies both lost, moving the Giants into 2nd place, 3-1/2 back of the Padres. It's the team's 50th win, and ties them with St. Louis for the 4th-best record in the league (.549).
Let's get the brooms out and complete the sweep tomorrow!