Matt Cain looked good in Colorado this evening, spotting the fastball and snapping off some curves and whatnot. He got in three hitless innings, well 'hitless' isn't quite right, he did hit a batter, but the other guys were making outs with alacrity, but then Matty was out of the game. The official word is 'hamstring strain' and I suppose there's a glossary of baseball injury-jive that I need to download, because that don't mean much. Yet. Here at RMC, Matt Cain starts are like the fecking sunrise--regular, steady, predictable. Maybe not so much in 2013, and this bipolar 2014 so far, but Cainer is Mr. Consistency, Mr. Steady, Mr. Reliable. And the Giants are haulin' heapin' wads o' cash his way as well, and you have to figure they are counting on the Tennessee Stud to be, well, studly. He's mortal, I suppose, and kind of an old man in baseball years, with nearly 1800 innings logged on the hill over ten seasons.
But I could live with that, an injury is an injury and even Matty
can get injured. But the pyrrhic potential victory turned to
nightmare when Santiago Casilla injured his hamstring running to
first base. It was a grand old time watching him bat--he actually
worked the count to full and put a ball in play. But when he fell
down on the way to first, I thought he was clowning. Bitch-slap me,
bros, I did indeed think that. But then it was clear he was
grimacing, not grinning, and it all got stupid pronto. Christ! Run to
first! Don't run yourself on to the DL! Weird. Ugly. Bizarre. Coors
So I suppose I should make a sober analysis of the situation.
Sorry, no can do. Have to be sober, you see. Yusmeiro Petit came in
and nailed down another nine outs, that's a good thing. The boys
muscled up with some big flies--I particularly liked Brandon
Crawford's moon shot. He followed that with another ridiculous play
which initiated a double play with a fine barehand grab-and-throw
from Brandon Hicks. Very nice.
Matt Cain walked off the field under his own power. Santiago
Casilla had to be carried off. DL for the latter and not for the
former, eh? We'll see.