Matt Cain threw 99 pitches in the first six innings and faced 23 batters. The Diamondbacks worked some counts and put a lot of balls in play, but couldn't make anything happen. It was a Cain-like performance by the big righty, and with the requisite Weaveranian 3-run HR by the red-hot Panda, the rest of the crew held on for the win. When Matt gave up the double in the 7th--it eluded Huff in RF on the line--I made a "where's Nate?" note. I know it's an inning early for the Nate Schierholtz Defensive Replacement Move, especially on the road, but I still would have gotten Pat Burrell out of there and moved Aubrey Huff to left. Might have meant an out and perhaps a few more batters from Cain. But he hit the next guy and Bochy didn't hesitate to yank him. Jeremy Affeldt made it more exciting for Ramon Ramirez, but the hard-throwing ex-Royal, Rockie, and Red Sock (do you really use those singular forms?) was up to the task and got the next five outs. The Snakes scratched out another run against Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson, but it was too little, too late. The Giants ground down another offensive attack with FIVE hurlers: R, L, R, L, R who all have gas and other goodies. Man, it is a sight some times! Pounding the zone, breaking bats, getting guys to flail, THAT IS THE WAY TO WIN. That's three in a row! Knuckle-fives to Matt Cain for his 61 Game Score in a hitters park, to Pablo Sandoval for blasting the big bomb and flashing the leather, and to Ramon Ramirez for whipping out the Hold of Death™.
JC pointed out to me the other day that this post would be our 1000th here at Raising Matt Cain. Imagine that! One thousand. Hallelujah. Fittingly, it comes on a start and a win by the man who inspired the whole thing. Thanks to all of you, loyal readers. We'll keep on grindin' if you keep hangin' with us.
p.s. Here's my first ever post: RMC no.1
p.p.s Andres Torres sent the DL and replaced by Darren Ford.
p.p.p.s. Colorado is 11-2 after a win tonight.