With Madison Bumgarner getting all the headlines before the game, it was the longest tenured Giant, Matt Cain, that shined tonight for the San Francisco Giants.
Cain went seven innings, allowing only one earned run as the Giants won 2-1 in Kansas City in 11 innings.
It was the first time the Giants had played at Kaufmann Stadium since the 2014 World Series.
With Bumgarner set to pitch on Wednesday, the Royals may be glad the Giants are only in town for two days.
Cain, who was injured, did not pitch in the 2014 World Series.
It was the second straight great outing for Cain who allowed a run over five innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It was also the first time Cain had gone seven or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs since May 10, 2016 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Royals pitcher Jason Hammel was tremendous in a great pitcher’s duel going six innings as well and allowing only one run. Hammel was pitching a perfect game through four innings before a Buster Posey single broke up the no-hitter.
Posey returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion six games ago. He was the team’s designated hitter, as the team does not want him to catch until Friday.
The Giants did not score again until Nick Hundley began a two out rally in the 11th with a double and Panik drove him in. Mark Melancon came in to close out the game in the bottom of the inning. It was Melancon’s third save of the young season.
The Giants bullpen was tremendous, pitching four innings of scoreless ball. Two of those innings came from Derek Law who pitched both the ninth and the 10th.
Missing from the Giants dugout was manager Bruce Bochy, who was home resting after a minor ablation procedure to repair an abnormal heart rhythm. Bochy is expected to return to the Giants in Colorado on Friday.
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