Matt Cain threw 102 pitches in his five-plus innings, laboring with long counts and a strike zone the size of a potato. In the 5th, a blown double play allowed a run to score and extended the inning, and the 31 pitches seemed to do him in. He was gassed in the 6th and gave up back-to-back leadoff hits, one of the runners scoring after Cain was pulled. A little better luck and a little bit sharper command (four walks) and maybe Matty gets through six without help. The Giants put together a quick run in the 1st with a clutch hit from Pablo Sandoval, squeaked out another run in the 4th on a bases-loaded walk, and got the big blow (2-run HR) they really needed from Buster Posey in the 5th. The D-Backs kept the pressure on with a run in the 9th but it wasn't enough. It took seven relievers and 77 pitches to get the last 12 outs. The 'pen allowed five hits, two walks, and a run in their four innings, and allowed one inherited runner to score. Jeremy Affeldt hurt his groin throwing a pitch and it didn't look good. In fact, not much about this game looked good, other than the result. It was ugly. The Giants had two guys thrown out at the plate, two errors at short by two different guys, and way too many pitching changes. But they won, and that's what counts. The Affeldt injury is a bummer--it's a big loss for the team. Someone else will just have to step up. If anything, that's the theme for 2013.
Madison Bumgarner has a chance to lead the team to a sweep. They are now 4-1/2 back. A win tomorrow and they cut the deficit to 3-1/2 games and give Arizona something to think about. Tonight was a grind, a real torture-fest. Maybe they can score ten runs tomorrow and give us a laugher. What do you think? Yeah, I know, probably won't happen. It will be a nail-biter, just like tonight. That's how these guys roll, and as long as they keep it rolling I can't complain.