It wasn’t the type of game we’ve been spoiled with these past few days as the Giants lost the finale of their road trip 6-2 to the rival Dodgers. Matt Cain took the loss and the offense never got going for the Giants. This ends a 7 game trip to start the season for the Giants as they now head home to face Arizona on Tuesday in their home opener.
Angel Pagan continued his hot hitting ways with a base hit to RF on the first pitch of the game from Dodgers starter Zack Greinke. He’s now hit safely in every game this season. Then the bats fell silent for a while as Greinke settled in and had his way. Over 6 innings he struck out 8 and didn’t walk a batter.
The Dodgers went ahead for good on a Matt Kemp solo shot to left field in the 3rd inning to make it 1-0. Cain completely missed the inside target and the ball drifted back over the plate. It looked like that was his problem all game. It was also his problem early in 2013.
Hanley Ramirez hit a 2 run homer in the 4th, and Kemp hit his second of the game later that inning to make it 4-0 Dodgers. In total Cain pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 hits, all for extra bases. When he was on, it worked. When he wasn’t, he got beat badly.
The Giants finally broke through in the top of the 6th inning. Brandon Belt hit his 4th home run in the first 7 games with a solo shot to lead off the inning. Hunter Pence came through with his first of the year with 2 outs and no one on base.
The Giants are tied with Miami (it’s true, I looked twice and everything) for the most runs scored in baseball with 40. They lead all of MLB with the 11 home runs.
All is not lost as the Giants are sitting at 5-2 and the lead in the NL West. Last season it took them until their final road trip to have a winning multi-city trip, this time they did it right out of the gate.
Tomorrow is a day off as the Giants prepare for their home opener against Arizona at AT&T Park on Tuesday afternoon. It’s the start of a 9 game home stand against all NL West teams. Tim Hudson gets the ball to start the home slate at 1:35 pt on Tuesday.