Matt Cain just wasn’t quite right all night. But that’s okay, because his battery-mate Buster Posey was.
Posey hit a ground-rule double in the first, then followed that up with dead-center no-brainer panty-dropping 2-run home run in the 6th that hit the scoreboard. Before today’s game, I didn’t know where the scoreboard in Miller Park was. Buster showed me the way. I could get all fanboy about Buster Posey here, but I think I mentioned the panty-dropping. He is consistently floating around .300 and combines power with the ability to hit to all fields. Nuthin’ fancy.
As for Cain, this is the second straight start where he just didn’t look quite right, giving up four earned runs in both starts. And just like against St. Louis last Thursday, the Giants got Cain a win. Today, Cain gave up 11 hits (7 for extra bases) but zero walks and struck out 8, all with men on base.
Huh. Veteran grit? Pure luck? Eff you pitches? There really is no answer. Other than, wait for it, Matt Cain. He is the answer to many questions. Such as: after giving up 20 baserunners in his last 13 innings, on a scale of 1 to Matt Cain, how worried are you about Matt Cain? Matt Cain.
Brandon Watch 2012:
Belt: Sat in lieu of Aubrey Huff, who made his first start at first base since heading to the DL with a
broken heart club foot anxiety issue. Word is Huff may get the start tomorrow, too. I mean, he did take a walk today. He’s trendy.
Crawford: Some more slick fielding, another base hit in four at-bats. I would take this every day. Which leads into my favorite segment…
Kruk Quote of the Day: (on Brandon Crawford) I think this guy can go .260, .280.
Stats of the Day:
12: Hits by Buster Posey at Miller Park, in 23 at-bats
6: Home runs by Posey at Miller Park, in 23 at-bats
3: Innings Bruce Bochy missed with a myseterious illness. But whatever, watching Manny Burriss play hurts my stomach too
0: The number of walks issued by Matt Cain in seven innings, a major-league record
0: The number of players who tested Melky’s arm after smoking Aoki at the plate