Matt Cain returned from the disabled list on a strong note, throwing seven strong innings and getting help up and down the lineup in the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Mets on Friday night.
Cain made it into the sixth inning before allowing a hit: an infield single off the bat of Ruben Tejada. A double play quickly freed up the bases and allowed Cain to face just the minimum through six innings.
“He was sharp. Miss three turns in the rotation and come back and have that kind of command,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “All his pitches were crisp.”
“Buster and I got that fastball working today. We were working both sides of the plate, but I think that was the key to the game,” said Cain.
Slight trouble arose in the seventh inning, as a leadoff double and a Daniel Murphy home run into the arcade put the Mets ahead 2-1. Cain was able to limit the damage and finished the seventh inning, ending his night with those two runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out three through seven innings.
“It stinks when you’re on the sides when you’re team is playing real well and you just want to be a part of it,” said Cain. “It was nice the guys played really well and fought back…it was just an all-around fun game to be a part of.”
Cain’s outing was aided by strong defense around the field, and especially down the middle, as the infield turned three double plays throughout the game.
“The thing with Craw is – he has so much range,” said Cain. “Those guys up the middle were doing great. Hicks was doing some by himself.”
The Brandons helped not only on the field, but also began the offensive charge in the fifth inning. Hicks tripled to center field and quickly scored on Brandon Crawford’s six sacrifice fly of the season. The duo put up one more run on the board in the seventh, as Crawford knocked in Hicks with an RBI single.
“I feel like I was finally able to carry some adjustments over into the game, some stuff I’ve been working on in the cage,” said Hicks. “Tonight I felt really good.”
The eighth inning saw more additions to the offensive party, as Buster Posey knocked out his eighth home run of the season, scoring Angel Pagan and giving the Giants the win. Posey went 3-for-4 on the night, and has been showing good signs of improvement since taking three days off in St. Louis.
“I think he’s been getting good swings off. The home runs haven’t been there but he’s been hitting it hard. He hasn’t been getting it up in the air – tonight he did,” said Bruce Bochy.
Tomorrow the Giant will take on the Mets for Game 2 of this weekend series. Tim Hudson will face Bartolo Colon as the two square off for a Saturday night game at AT&T Park. Hudson has been nothing short of dominant for the Giants, lasting six inning or more in every start this season, with the exception of his rain-shortened three inning outing in Colorado. Hudson has recorded a 1.75 ERA over eleven starts, the second best in the majors. He will be taking on Colon, who has won his last three outings while striking out 19.
First pitch at 7:05pm.