It didn’t start too pretty, but Matt Cain was able to bounce back from an early hole to earn his first win of the season as the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Thursday night.
Cain struggled from the beginning, allowing a home run to Derek Dietrich on the sixth pitch of the game. He gave up a two-run bomb to Garrett Jones in the second inning, then let one more score in the third. After the rough beginning, however, Cain was able to correct himself and hold Miami scoreless for the next five innings. He finished his night with four runs and six hits through 7.2, while walking three and striking out seven.
“It says a lot about him, his makeup, his toughness,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
“At any time our pitching staff can do amazing things, so we just have to keep them in the game,” added Michael Morse.
The Giants were able to battle back from an early deficit thanks to offense from up and down the lineup. A Brandon Hicks groundout scored Tyler Colvin from third, then Morse powered an opposite field two-run blast into the arcade to mark his tenth home run of the season. A fifth inning rally put San Francisco ahead, as Buster Posey doubled in Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence, then crossed the plate on a Morse single to center.
“Some days we’re going to drive in the run, some days we’re not. We’re just the type of team that will pick each other up,” said Morse. “We have a lineup that can run up some quality at-bats. Actually, one-through-nine, if [Bumgarner] is pitching.”
He quickly added Cain onto that statement.
Pence was a big part of the Giants offense on Thursday night, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He has gone 12-for 27 over his last six games, logging four doubles, a home run and four RBI, assisting a thriving offense.
“We have a lineup that can do that. We’ve had that lineup in the past, but now we’re able to capitalize on it,” said Cain.
Tomorrow the Giants welcome the Marlins back to AT&T Park for Orange Friday, as Yusmeiro Petit will take on Henderson Alvarez for Game 2 of this weekend series. Petit will fill in for Tim Hudson, who has been the Giants most reliable starter this season but was scratched from the lineup with a sore left hip. Hudson’s his least successful outing resulted in just two runs through six innings of work in Los Angeles last Sunday, where the discomfort began. The pain hadn’t subsided, but Hudson is only expected to miss one start without any trip to the disabled list.
Tomorrow will mark Petit’s second emergency start and third overall. The righty threw six shutout innings in his spot start in place of Cain and his fancy sandwich debacle, but faltered in his next start, lasting just 4.1 innings and giving up eight runs in Pittsburgh. He’ll face the Marlins’ Alvarez, who is coming off a rough four-inning, five run outing in San Diego.
First pitch at 7:15pm.