San Francisco Giants’ (43-28) starter, Matt Cain (1-5, 4.52ERA), didn’t have it easy in the first of two interleague games against the Chicago White Sox (34-37).
It looked like the Giants might have been righting the ship early in the game with a Hunter Pence home run in the first off of White Sox starter, John Danks (6-5, 3.97ERA). But after a two run home run in the bottom of the third from Gordon Beckham, it went downhill.
Cain gave up ten hits, eight runs, one unearned and two home runs, one walk and three strikeouts over five innings. Although reliever, Yusimero Petit (4.33ERA), pitched a perfect three innings, the Giants were unable to overcome the six run deficit and succumbed to the 8-2 loss.
As a precaution, Buster Posey was the DH in tonight’s game, after being on concussion watch since Sunday’s game. Giants’ Manager, Bruce Bochy, said that Posey was slated to make the start at catcher for tomorrow’s game.
On a positive note, even though the Giants are struggling, they still are the sole owners of first in the NL West with a 5.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-34) and have the best record in the MLB.
Tomorrow, the Giants look to veteran Tim Hudson (7-2, 1.81ERA) to break the four game losing streak. Hudson will face White Sox lefty, Chris Sale (5-1, 1.97ERA) in the finale of this two game set. First pitch is at 11:10am.