Padres Hold Giants Scoreless In San Francisco’s 2-0 Loss

Matt Cain threw another six innings of two-run ball, but the Giants were unable to offer any run support in their 0-2 loss in San Diego on Friday afternoon.

Independence Day saw stars, stripes, and the return of Brandon Belt, but the offense continued to suffer as the Giants were able to push any runs across the plate at Petco Park. With just four hits all game, San Francisco couldn’t provide run support for another solid outing from Cain.

With the exception of a two-run third inning, including a home run off the bat of Alexi Amarista, Cain held the Padres scoreless through 6.1 innings, allowing those two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six. The Giants have now lost their last five games with Cain on the mound, and their offense has provided no more than two runs in 10 of his last 14 games this season.

While the return of Belt gave some hope on Friday afternoon, his first start since May 9 was uninspiring, as the first baseman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first game back.

Tomorrow the Giants will face the Padres for Game Two for this weekend series. Tim Hudson will take on Odrisamer Despaigne, who has allowed just one earned run in the first 13.2 innings of his career. Hudson has lasted at least seven innings in 11 of his 15 starts this season, and will look to help the Giants get their first win with him on the mound after three straight losses. First pitch at 4:15pm.

More news out of the disabled list: Angel Pagan likely will not return until after the All-Star break due to a setback and epidural injection yesterday. Pagan hasn’t played since June 14, and is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to a bulging disk in his lower back.

Marco Scutaro could also return after the All-Star break, and is expected to advance to Fresno on Sunday. He is halfway through his minor-league rehab assignment, and could join the major league team after the break to start a few times a week as well as pinch hit.