Giants 10, Padres 1
The San Francisco Giants needed this win badly.
Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s news that leading hitter
Melky Cabrera had been suspended for 50 games for testing positive
for testosterone, San Francisco was reeling.
After an off day on Thursday following 20 straight games, the
Giants rebounded in a big way.
Matt Cain pitched eight dominating innings and San Francisco
scored eight runs in the third inning to move into first place in
the NL West with a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday
”What happened on Wednesday was tough for all of us, kind of a
shock for all of us,” Cain said. ”But that’s the thing about
baseball, you have to turn the page. I think the guys have done a
good job of that.”
San Francisco lost at home to Washington on Wednesday shortly
after learning of Cabrera’s suspension.
”It’s important that you are resilient in this game,” Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said. ”With what has happened, it was
important that we come out and play well, and the fellas did. We
have to move on and that’s what the guys are doing.”
Cain (12-5), who pitched a perfect game on June 13, surrendered
one run on four hits. The right-hander didn’t allow his first hit
until Yonder Alonso’s one-out double in the fifth. Alonso scored
one out later on Everth Cabrera’s single.
”He was hitting his spots,” Bochy said. ”He had all his
pitches going. He’s tough when he’s on and he was on
Cain, 6-0 in nine starts following a San Francisco loss, struck
out six and did not walk a batter.
”He threw a lot of strikes,” Padres rookie catcher Yasmani
Grandal said. ”He throws everything for strikes. He just keeps you
off balance. He was real tough.”
The Giants moved one-half game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers,
who lost 4-3 in 11 innings at Atlanta. San Francisco had been in
first place for 32 consecutive days before Wednesday’s loss to the
Marco Scutaro homered and drove in two runs and Angel Pagan had
three hits and two RBIs to lead the Giants’ 15-hit attack. All nine
San Francisco starters had at least one hit.
Scutaro hit a solo homer in the first inning before San
Francisco’s season-high scoring output in the third off Ross
Ohlendorf (4-4) and reliever Nick Mikolas.
One of the Giants’ biggest concerns moving forward, was how they
would replace Cabrera’s .346 batting average, 11 homers and 60
RBIs. But for one game, they had the answer.
”We have a great team and a good group of guys,” Cain said.
”All these guys know what they can do. It’s just a matter of us
putting it together and focusing on that.”
The Giants eight runs came on eight hits, including two doubles
and a triple, along with two walks and a passed ball as they sent
13 batters to the plate.
”This park is tough to score runs in,” Bochy said. ”But if
you put the bat on the ball, good things are going to happen.”
Pagan had an RBI triple and a run-scoring single in the inning.
Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco and Cain all had RBI singles
and Hunter Spence drove in a run with a double.
Ohlendorf gave up a leadoff double in the inning before getting
an out. He then allowed the next six batters to reach safely before
getting pulled for Mikolas.
Ohlendorf allowed a career-high eight runs on six hits in 2 1-3
innings. The right-hander, who gave up seven runs in three innings
of Sunday’s 11-5 loss at Pittsburgh, saw his ERA rise from 6.41 to
San Francisco has won 18 of the last 24 meetings with the
San Diego, outscored 18-1 while losing the final three of a
four-game series at Atlanta that ended on Wednesday, had its
four-game home winning streak snapped. The Padres had won 10 of 12
”You’re going to have stretches like this,” San Diego manager
Bud Black said. ”But you have to realize these things happen over
the course of a season.”
NOTES: In Ohlendorf’s last start, Pittsburgh scored nine runs in
the fourth inning, six off against Ohlendorf. . San Francisco has
won 10 of its last 14 road games since the All-Star break,
outscoring its opponents by a 103-45 margin. . The Giants recalled
OF Justin Christian and RHP Eric Hacker from Triple-A Fresno on
Friday. RHP Dan Otero was optioned to Fresno. . San Diego activated
rookie C Yasmani Grandal (strained right oblique) from the 15-day
DL. C Nick Hundley (bruised right knee) was placed on the 15-day
DL. . Giants LHP Barry Zito (9-8, 4.29 ERA) faces off against
Padres LHP Eric Stults (3-2, 2.45) on Saturday night.