PNC Park | 12:35 | Maholm vs. Matt Cain | Box
Tough to argue with a sweep. But it was the Giants who were upset by Nyjer Morgan being called safe on a bunt attempt to lead off the 7th. The Pirates eventually scored three times in that frame to take a 5-4 lead, which would be the final score.
Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez had a trio of hits. Adam LaRoche had the game winning knock.
Paul Maholm allowed all four runs in six innings pitched. The Giants did all their damage in the fourth by stringing together four consecutive two out hits.
Franquelis Osoria notched the win in relief. Matt Capps received his 8th save of the year.
Looking for a sweep in today’s matinee.
Matt Cain has seemingly been around forever. That’ll happen when you are 23 and made your ML debut at age 20. He has always been a decent, never posting an ERA+ of worse than 108 in a full season. Yet his career mark is just 23-31. Among hurlers born in 1984, only Scott Kazmir and Scott Olsen have more career wins.
He has made seven starts in 2008 and is 1-2. He has made two starts against the Pirates and is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA. His most recent start was in the opener of a double header last August. The Pirates are 9-34 against Cain as a group. None of the Bucs have more than one knock off of him.
Paul Maholm was lit up just one start after a complete game effort. Last time out he lasted just five innings and gave up seven runs to the Nats. In two starts vs. San Fran in his career, Maholm is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA. His last start against the Giants was a complete game effort in that same game that Cain tossed. How about that?
The Giants are 10-43 off Maholm. Ray Durham has a dinger.
In the notes section of this morning’s Post-Gazette, Jonathan Sanchez complained that the mound at PNC was too flat.