Matt Cain stood on the mound for San Francisco, looking to bounce back from a less than savory outing against Arizona in the desert. The struggle of the home run ball carried over from last season and hurt the Giants’ No. 2 starter, as he allowed three home runs in one game for the first time since May of last season. Cain allowed Matt Kemp’s first and second homer and the first for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez logged another “I See You” in the eighth inning off David Huff. Over 81 pitches, Cain gave up six hits and five runs.
The offense was more than enough for Greinke, who struck out eight and walked none through six innings. He gave up just two runs on six hits, with both runs coming on sixth-inning blasts from Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. After the hiccup, Greinke was able to finish up the sixth for the quality start and improve to 7-0 on prior starts following Dodgers losses. He combined with the rest of the bullpen to strike out Giants batters 16 times in all.
A quieted offensive outing at Chavez Ravine was highlighted by power in two home runs from Belt and Pence. Belt’s fourth home run kept him near the top of the list in the league, and Pence’s knock marked his first of the season. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Brandon Crawford got the golden sombrero tonight, with just four of the sixteen strikeouts for the orange and black.
Despite a tough game, the Giants still return to San Francisco at the top of the NL West standings. They will have an off day tomorrow as they head back to the city by the bay and prepare for their home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Giants fans will welcome their team back to AT&T Park off a 5-2 road trip against NL West opponents and will face the Diamondbacks in their first home series of the season.
Tim Hudson will return to Third and King for his first official home start in the orange and black. He’ll look to follow his sparkling debut on Wednesday in Arizona, where he struck out seven and gave up just three hits to shut out the Diamondbacks through 7.2 innings. He’ll aim to make another strong start against Arizona, this time facing Trevor Cahill, who allowed just two runs over six innings in his prior start against the Giants. First pitch at 1:35pm.