A little uncharacteristic for Matt Cain today, with high walks (three) and low strikeouts (four). He seemed to run out of gas in the 7th, also uncharacteristic for the big fella. It was interesting that Ol' Boch came and got him after Jose Reyes made it 3-2 and did not let him finish the inning even though he had two outs. We've seen the skipper push the envelope a bit with his starters lately, the tactic sometimes working and sometimes not. This time the call went to Sergio Romo and he was up to the task and struck out Omar Infante. The second run was ruled unearned as an extra base was gained on the no-excuse-for-it Angel Pagan error. Our new center fielder is a package deal--he made a real nice play to take away a hit earlier in the game, and also made a good adjustment on a tricky high fly by Giancarlo Stanton to end a threat the inning before. The Giants kept Stanton in the yard and were lucky to get hurt no worse than two walks and a run scored. It was another great job (Game Score 59) by Matty against a potent lineup. After ten starts in 2012, Cain's average line is 7.1 IP, 5.3 H, 2.3 R, 0.6 HR, 1.2 BB, 6.0 K, with an Average Game Score of 63 (his career average is 57). I like it. Speaking of what I like, how about Melky Cabrera? Four hits including a homer, two steals, and all three of the team's runs scored. He was ninety feet from a fourth run in the 8th but Buster Posey couldn't get the two-out knock. He also made a couple of nice plays in left field. That's one hell of an M.C. 1-2 punch. Great relief pitching preserved the win for Cainer, his fifth. Santiago Casilla showed some moxie with a four-out save. In close games, moxie is sometimes the difference, don't you think?
p.s. Boch made another unusual move today, trying a suicide squeeze in the 9th with one out and getting burned on a pitch-out. He doesn't use that play very much. Brandon Belt, the previous batter, needed to get the RBI and took a called third strike. That's a situation where you have to swing the bat and put the ball in play. He's still young--it was only his 101st big league game today and his 320th PA.