National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at San Francisco
(Friday, April 13th)
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - When did Matt Cain know he had his best
"It took a couple innings," the Giants right-hander said.
And several more for anyone on the Pirates to figure him out.
Cain carried a perfect game into the sixth inning Friday and struck out 11
batters in a one-hit shutout, leading San Francisco to a 5-0 victory over
Pittsburgh in an emotional home opener.
The only hit allowed by Cain was a two-out single slapped through the left
side of the infield by Pirates starter James McDonald with two outs in the
Cain (1-0) threw 73 of his 106 pitches for strikes and faced one batter over
the minimum, picking up his first win since signing a six-year, $127.5 million
contract extension earlier this month.
"He was getting ahead early, throwing the heck out of his changeup," said
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. "I thought overall we were just
chasing pitches out of the zone."
McDonald (0-1) took the loss in the opener of the three-game series, giving up
three runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Giants catcher Buster Posey, in his first home game since suffering a broken
leg and torn ligaments in a collision at home plate last May, knocked in the
first run with a double to the center field wall in the first inning.
But the game had an earlier emotional kickstart when Bryan Stowe, the Giants
fan beaten nearly to death outside Dodger Stadium last year, appeared on the
big screen in center field while his 13-year-old son, Tyler, threw out the
Cain picked up his fifth shutout -- first since 2010 -- and 14th complete game
while leading the Giants to their third win in four games since an 0-3 start.
The 27-year-old righty fell behind in the count, 2-1, to McDonald and threw
him a fastball over the plate that was knocked in between short stop and third
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Posey came to him during the game and
told him he could tell Cain "was on, was locked in."
"And he's one of the best when he's locked in," said Bochy.
The Giants, opening a six-game homestand, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning
when Aubrey Huff followed Posey's double with an RBI single. Nate Schierholtz
added an RBI base hit in the sixth and Huff roped a two-run homer into the
right field seats in the eighth.
The Pirates have lost four in a row and are 0-4 on a nine-game road trip. They
were just swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles...The Giants were 3-for-6 with
runners in scoring position.
04/13 20:40:07 ET
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