Matt Cain's best start of the year (Game Score 94) was a one-hitter against the Diamondbacks in San Francisco on the 28th of May. He had nine strikeouts and zero walks. Tonight, the 22nd of July, Matt Cain threw eight shutout innings against the same Arizona club, this time on the road, and also had nine strikeouts. He gave up three hits and three walks, but it was otherwise a dominating performance (Game Score 82). Oh, and Matt got the WIN in both of those starts. That's not always the case, you know. In fact, he evened up his record at 8-8, making him a .500 pitcher in 20 starts. Tonight the Giants exploded for single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 7th innings, racking up a hefty three-run total, which I've no doubt Matt was extremely grateful for. Buster Posey got two hits including a two-out, two-strike stroke to score Aubrey Huff in the opening frame. Andres Torres made another (yawn) great catch in the outfield to save extra bases and also delivered a massive solo shot to make it 2-0. Aaron Rowand got in on the RBI fun later to seal the deal for Cain. The Tennessee Stud needed 117 pitches and 30 batters to get 24 outs. He mixed it up impressively, getting strikes with all his pitches, and using his breaking stuff (how about that changeup!) especially to get swings-and-misses. Check out these numbers from the box score: called strikes 20, swinging strikes 19, foul balls 18, and in-play strikes 19. The Giants are .500 on the road (25-25) which is very encouraging, and have some big wins already against the NL West. Keep it going, lads, keep it going.