Sometimes a guy has to step up and deliver a performance that will lead the team to victory. The Snakes worked Matt Cain hard tonight and forced him to throw a lot of pitches, but he kept the balls in the yard, the runners off the bases, and the runs to a minimum. He struck out eight in his six innings of work and racked up a Game Score of 68 and his second 'W' in seven starts. But it was the two-out, two-RBI double (Matty's second hit of the night) in the top of the 6th that broke the dam and did the damage. When you have the worst run support in the history of baseball, you have to go to extra lengths. Way to go, big guy, way to take care of business! Some disturbing fielding lapses took place, and some quick and ugly PAs as well, but there was enough on the board to keep the bad guys at bay. An insurance run from rookie Brandon Belt (nice-looking triple to right-center) and Mr. Consistency Melky Cabrera (three hits total) had me making joyful noises. It was a night for M.C.'s!
The Giants are a maddening bunch, to be sure. You watch a win like this and think they can do it every night, then they go out there and fall flat. But I'm going to stay positive after the first win of the season in Arizona and the first against them in the last ten tries.