6-5 loss in SF
There are worse ways to lose, right? Easy answer: no, there aren't. Matt Cain came apart in the 5th inning and turned a 4-0 lead into a 6-4 deficit and that was that. It's like he runs out of pitches--the lineup gets a second or third look at his stuff and it stops working. They foul it off or take the close ones and wait until they get a fat one. My lovely bride thinks the Giants should make two pitchers into one pitcher. Matt Cain starts and goes four, Jake Peavy takes over and goes three, the bullpen gets the final six outs. That might be a whole pitcher right there. Or have Peavy start, he can get through the first three no problem, then Matty can do his no-hit 'em-for-four thing, and that's a fine start. They did that sort of thing in Colorado for a while, remember? They paired up a couple of starters and worked 'em only half a game each. They thought it would help. Speaking of the Rockies, they are only 8-1/2 back of the Giants.
It breaks my heart to see Cain perform so poorly. I don't know what the Giants can do about it. They need quality pitching right now. It doesn't seem like the big righty can deliver the goods, even as a fifth starter. On the plus side, Buster is hitting well and both Brandon Crawford and Angel Pagan had big hits. The Pirates had a dinger on their side of the ledger--thanks to Andrew McCutcheon--and it turned out to be the crushing blow. Giants bullpen put up zeros, that was a positive.
As bad as it is for the Giants the defending National League champions are coming to town and they are one game over .500 and ten games back in third place. They've taken a post-ASB dump. too. That team is playing below expectations. The Giants are, too. But they are still right there.
Bumgarner will save us tomorrow night.