Thursday, August 22, 2013

Spring training starting early

I thought of that when Bruce Bochy let Jose Mijares pitch the 6th after the disastrous 7-run 5th inning tonight instead of replacing him with someone more effective. And when he pulled Marco Scutaro for Nick Noonan later in the game, in which Brett Pill started and had 3 hits. Now it looks like we may have seen the last of Mattt Cain this year.. 

The season has become a second spring training.  

The best news about the game was that Matt Cain wasn't hurt worse, per John Shea of the SF Chron. He has never been on the DL --

For Giants fans, the final image of Matt Cain Thursday night was his bee line to the dugout after he took a sizzling liner off his right arm, a right arm that has logged 872 innings since 2010 and might be getting a rest.
Finally. And forcibly.
Cain exited another of those 10-5 losses, this one to the Pirates, in the fourth inning, and the good news came a bit later. X-rays were negative. Just a forearm contusion. Just a forearm contusion? Easy for anyone other than Cain to say.

The Giants trailed 3-1 when Cain left and tied it on Marco Scutaro’s two-run single. The Pirates put the game away in the fifth inning by scoring seven runs. Guillermo Moscoso’s wildness was on display when he was charged with three runs on no hits, and Jose Mijares coughed up the rest.
Only one member of the bullpen’s Killer M’s, Jean Machi, had a good night, logging two scoreless innings.
Though it all, Cain was getting treatment. His next start, Tuesday in Colorado, is in jeopardy. For someone who has made 31 to 34 starts for seven straight years, this is a significant twist. Cain’s $112.5 million contract runs through 2017, and the Giants will be in no position or mood, if he’s still hurting, to get him back on the mound for a meaningless game at Coors Field.
The Giants collected eight hits, and Brett Pill had three. Pill, making his first start of the season in left field – Bochy said it might not be his last – hit an eighth-inning double in a rally that featured Brandon Crawford’s bases-loaded, ground-rule double.


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