If you saw the last time Matt Cain pitched against the Astros, you might think that he struggled this time out. Matt threw 108 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 2 runs, only one of which was earned. Matt’s own throwing error in the third allowed Houston’s first run. It seems like that was sort of earned, because it was the pitcher’s fault, but, whatever. It was a good thing that the Giants got to Bud Norris early because he looked like he was on a roll after that. Giants got a couple walks in the fourth, but failed to score. Then, Pablo doubled to start the fifth in Melky’s spot in the line-up (he has a couple of days off, for good reason), and Buster Posey singled him in. As it turned out, the Giants would have to make that 3-2 score stand up, although they had 3 base runners after that. The Giants only got 7 hits on the day, and 3 of them were Posey’s. Fortunately, they were bunched around the top of the line-up. We used five relievers to get 8 outs, Affeldt got 4 of them in relief of Cain, and Casilla got the final two outs for a relatively uneventful save.
The Giants failed to win the last three times Matt pitched, in Oakland June 24, against Cincinnati June 29 and in D.C. on July 5. Matt only picked up an L in the Cincinnati game. So Matt is now in double digits in the W column! I want him to be a 20 game winner in 2012. If you want to see Matt's game score, you'll have to look it up here. I think the game score is rather silly, really. I remember, back in the 1990's, seeing Greg Maddux throw complete games with pitch counts in the 80's and 90's. As I understand it, game score gives extra credit for strike-outs. Is it really better to take three pitches (or more) to strike a guy out than it is to throw one pitch and get an out on a weak dribbler? Discuss. Or not. A day off, then a game Tuesday in Atlanta, where the Braves have been good of late.
And LA lost again! Hey!