MLB Game Summary - San Francisco at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, June 18th)
Final Score: San Francisco 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cain's bid for consecutive perfect games
ended on his third pitch Monday night, but he was still effective enough to
earn his eighth straight victory.
Melky Cabrera smacked three hits, while Brandon Crawford and Ryan Theriot
registered a pair of RBI apiece as the San Francisco Giants downed the LA
Angels of Anaheim, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game interleague series.
Cain (9-2) labored through five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits
and a season-high four walks for the Giants, who had lost three of their
previous four coming in.
"I was a little energized from the last game. It was a relief to get back on
the mound and get that one out of the way," Cain said. "My goal is to stay in
the game long enough to give our team a chance to win."
He entered the night retiring his last 32 batters, but that streak was
halted in the home first as Mike Trout led off and stroked a single to left.
Pujols then put an end to Cain's 20-inning stretch without allowing an earned
run later in the frame as he lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
Although Cain was far from perfect, the Giants' quartet of Shane Loux, Sergio
Romo, Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla was as they retired the final 12
batters in succession.
"I was pumped for our bullpen to come in and finish the game," Cain said.
Former Giant Jerome Williams (6-5) was touched for four runs on seven hits and
three walks in 3 1/3 innings, but was hospitalized sometime during the
game after complaining of shortness of breath.
"Jerome felt fine on the bench during the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "When he came out of the game he was dizzy, so we took him to the
hospital. He'll stay overnight and have some tests done."
Mark Trumbo cracked his 16th homer of the season while Erick Aybar was the
only Angel to record two hits.
Following Pujols' sac fly in the first, Crawford belted a two-run triple to
right in the visitors' second to give San Francisco a 2-1 advantage.
Trumbo stroked a solo blast over the wall in right-center in the home second
to knot the score, but the Giants plated the next two to reclaim the lead for
Angel Pagan poked an RBI single through the hole on the right side in the
third while Theriot pulled a ball through the left side of the infield for a
run-scoring base hit in the fourth to make it 4-2.
Bobby Wilson's sacrifice fly in the home fourth cut the deficit to 4-3, but
the Giants got the run back in the sixth as Theriot slapped an RBI single to
center for a 5-3 San Francisco edge.
Casilla fanned one in the ninth en route to his 19th save of the season.
Cabrera's multi-hit game was his MLB-leading 32nd of the year...Of the 17
pitchers to toss a perfect game since the Chicago White Sox's Charlie
Robertson in 1922, Cain was one of six hurlers to win his next
start...Williams spent his first two-plus years in San Francisco before being
traded to the Cubs in 2005. Williams was 17-14 with a 3.93 ERA during his
stint with the Giants...Trout stole three more bases, giving him an MLB-
leading 19 for the year.
06/19 02:39:56 ET