Little kids might see monsters in their nightmares. Adults might see tax auditors. Members of the Diamondbacks offense see Matt Cain.
Cain was once again downright dominant, blanking the Diamondbacks for a second consecutive time. Take a look at his seasonal stats versus the Snakes:
17 innings pitched. Zero earned runs. 18 K’s. 3 base on balls. 4 hits. A 0.41 WHIP and a .073 opposing batting average. Those aren’t even video game statistics. And thankfully for the Giants, Cain’s dominance over the D’Backs extends well past only this season. With over 103 career innings pitched, Cain holds a career 3.22 ERA with a .205 BAA and 1.13 WHIP.
As for the offense, it wasn’t wildly impressive by any stretch. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez wasn’t as solid as the Giants made him look, but the dominant pitching performance from Cain made sure that didn’t matter. Buster Posey and Aaron Rowand both had RBI singles while Andres Torres hit a Barry Bonds like big-fly back towards the drink at Chase Field. Other than that, it was quiet in the run column for both squads.
In addition to Torres’ big bomb, he made the most spectacular defensive play of the night, robbing Chris Young of a potential homer in the third inning. Young hit a rope that Torres leaped for and snagged right at the border of the yellow line on the left field fence. It’s questionable if it would have left the field of play, but even if not, Young would have been standing at third once the ball bounced off the wall and rattled around.
The Giants currently sit 3-1 on this road trip and are 10-5 in their last 15 road games. Impressive.