Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Wasted a superb performance"

Who in the world could that be about? Matt Cain, that's who. 

The upside is that the pitching has been fine; the historical perspective is that the Giants have now had 8 straight one-run decisions and gone 4-4.

Here's the Chris Haft story on Giants site --

 The Giants wasted Matt Cain's superb performance Friday night by mustering four hits in eight innings off right-hander Tyson Ross in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres nicked Cain for their first run in the first inning. Chris Denorfia tripled to right-center field and scored as the final pitch on a walk drawn by Jedd Gyorko eluded catcher Hector Sanchez for a passed ball.
Cain proceeded to retire 16 of the next 18 batters he faced, including 11 in a row between the third and sixth innings.
The Giants generated their closest semblance to a scoring threat in the seventh inning, which began with Pablo Sandoval's single and Hunter Pence's walk. Ross escaped by inducing Sanchez's double-play grounder and Brandon Crawford's low line drive directly to shortstop Everth Cabrera.
San Diego added an important insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Yasmani Grandal's solo homer for a 2-0 lead.
San Francisco runners reached second base on three other occasions but advanced no farther until Brandon Belt's home run in the top of the ninth.

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