The Giants found their bats against Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati bullpen, pounding out 11 runs on 18 hits. Highlights included a 2-run HR for Torres, 3 hits including a double and a HR for Huff, 3 hits and 3 RBI for Sandoval, and 4 hits for FSanchez. Matt Cain, after laboring in the top of the 1st inning, found himself batting in the bottom of the 1st and ahead 5-0 in the top of the 2nd. I'm willing to bet that was the first time Cain had experienced that in his big-league career. Cain labored again in the top of the 3rd, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, but then retired the next 16 hitters to shut down a potent Reds offense. It was vintage Matt, the kind we haven't seen in a few starts, with only 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, and 5 hits in 8 innings of work. He finished strong, striking out the side in the 7th, and getting the last out in the 8th on a nifty 3-2 breaking ball for a foul-tip strike three on his 120th pitch. It was good for a Game Score of 70, Cain's highest since he beat LA on the first of the month. He also got "W" no. 10, evening his record.
The Giants have been desperate for a big win, and they put it all together tonight at home with a sterling effort by their starter and a barrage of hits from the lineup. Even the FNG contributed a knock! The Padres were idle so the Giants gained a half-game with their 70th win. If you like to think of the season in terms of innings, like I do, that was the 126th game or 7/9 of the season. Seven 18-game innings have been played and only two remain. If the Giants play .556 ball in the final 36 they'll go 20-16 and finish 90-72. If we pitch and hit like tonight, that's a real possibility.
Jonathan Sanchez tomorrow. GO GIANTS!