After winning their first road series of the year, the SF Giants looked to continue momentum against the Reds.
Giants sent their ace Matt Cain to the hill against Bronson Arroyo. Lately the Giants have been plagued by either poor pitching, or very poor hitting. Today was a combination of both.
After starting the season so hot, it was only time until Matt Cain had a blow up game, right? Well, in the very first inning, Cain got into trouble early as the Reds put up a three spot.
The SF Giants would get one back in the the top half of the inning on Christian Arroyo’s third homer of the year, as the Giants now found themselves trailing 3-1.
To the bottom half of the inning, the struggles continued as Cain gave up another two runs, making the score 5-1 Reds.
Another inning and yet another rally, as the Reds added on another run in the bottom of the third. The Reds continued to score every inning until the seventh inning, where the Giants found themselves down 12-3.
Matt Cain imploding for nine earned runs was the second time in three days a Giants pitcher has given up nine runs in less than four innings pitched.
Other than the Arroyo home run, the Giants offense didn’t do much in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. A homer from the rookie, a sac-fly from Hundley and an RBI ground out was all the damage the Giants bats would do Friday night.
Another awful showing from the SF Giants slows down all momentum they had going into this series. If the team is going to get back on track soon, they need to win both of the next two games before heading off to Citi Field.
The SF Giants will finish up the series sending Ty Blach to the mound on Saturday and Johnny Cueto on Sunday.
The last few games have been quite the roller coaster, as the Giants have found themselves 2-2 since the start of May. One day they’ll win with good pitching and decent hitting, but the next day the pitching implodes and gives up 13 runs. So if they’re still following that routine, Ty Blach is in line for a nice start on Saturday.
Finals for todays game:
W: Arroyo (3-2, 6.53 ERA) L: Cain (2-1, 4.70 ERA)
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