Rockies-Giants Preview

After being acknowledged for the most significant regular-season

win of his career, the San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain will seek

his first in nearly a month.

He’ll also try to help the Giants regain sole possession of the

NL West lead while continuing his success at home against the

Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Cain was honored before Friday’s series opener with a plaque

commemorating his perfect game on June 13, the first in Giants’

history. That victory at AT&T Park over Houston was one of

eight consecutive winning starts for the right-hander, but he’s 1-3

with a 4.30 ERA in his last eight starts.

Cain (10-5, 3.01 ERA) is also 0-2 with a 5.26 ERA since a 3-2

win over the Astros on July 15 and endured one of his worst outings

of the season Monday in St. Louis, giving up five runs over 5 2-3

innings of an 8-2 loss.

“I’m going out there to try and do my job. There’s times you

give up maybe more pitches in different games. I guess it’s just

make better pitches and get quicker outs,” he told the team’s

website.

Cain is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four home games against

the Rockies (41-69) and has recorded wins in the past two overall

matchups, the most recent coming Sept. 18. The right-hander,

though, will need more runs from his teammates than they produced

in Friday’s series opener if he wants to earn another victory.

After a 5-2 road trip that included a three-game sweep of

Colorado, the Giants (61-52) had only three hits in a 3-0 defeat,

their eighth in nine home games. That loss, coupled with Los

Angeles’ 5-2 win in Miami earlier in the evening, dropped San

Francisco into a tie for first with the Dodgers.

The Giants have been shut out five times at AT&T Park and

six times overall. They’re batting .195 and have been outscored

48-19 over their last nine home games.

“We go into every game with the same amount of confidence and it

doesn’t matter where we’re playing,” said shortstop Brandon

Crawford, who had two of San Francisco’s three hits. “We just

haven’t seemed to get hits here lately.”

The win, meanwhile, helped the Rockies improve to 3-1 on their

six-game trip, and Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 4.76) will try to lead his

team to another victory by building on one of his better outings of

the year.

The left-hander struck out a career-high seven in a 2-0 victory

at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday but needed 84 pitches to get

through four innings. He was 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA over his previous

four starts.

“My mechanics weren’t the greatest, but I made it work and gave

it everything I had,” Pomeranz told the team’s website. “I wish I

had thrown a few less pitches, but it happens.”

Pomeranz will face the Giants for the first time this season and

is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two career starts against them. He gave

up three runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings during his only game

in San Francisco, a 6-3 win Sept. 28.