…but for the wrong reason. The boys lost the series with the Blue Jays. They lost the Peavy and Cain starts. But they didn’t lose because of anything that Peavy and Cain did. Peavy only lasted 5 innings, but when he left he had only allowed 3 runs so they had a chance to win with any type of run support. He only got 1. Cain surprised everyone, pitching through 8 innings, allowing only 2 runs and striking out 7. The last time he pitched 8 innings was in 2013. He got exactly no runs in support. This morning on KNBR, I heard a very interesting stat involving Matt Cain. I knew that historically he has gotten very little run support, but they mentioned that this was the 49th time he had gotten zero runs of support in a game. That’s just sad! So basically I need to eat my words and apologize to both Jake Peavy and Matt Cain for not trusting in their ability to come back from their previous dismal starts. Great effort, Guys. Just wish the bats would wake up. Angel Pagan is scheduled to make his return this weekend, so maybe that will spark something. He sure was hot when he left (batting .315). And the power of Jarrett Parker in the lineup might help, too. We’ll see. I know they’ll come around eventually (hopefully sooner than later). And please stop going into extra innings!!
Besides the decent starts from Peavy and Cain, the pitching woes seem to be working themselves out. George Kontos, who’s been out with a flexor strain in his right elbow, is scheduled to return from the DL next week. Sergio Romo continues to make progress. Albert Suarez has made a name for himself in relief since he came up to the bigs and has been mentioned as a potential substitute for a starter if the need arises. He’s pitched 4 innings to date and not allowed a single run. Plus Chris Heston seems to have finally gotten back on track in Triple-A Sacramento, allowing only 1 earned run in 6 2/3 innings in his last start. Hopefully we won’t need either one to start, but it’s nice to have good options.
As an aside, I’d like to congratulate the Golden State Warriors on making it to the Western Conference Finals. Their games are so much fun to watch. So glad the injury to Steph didn’t hold them back. Go all the way, Guys!
My boys start a series in Arizona tomorrow. My cup’s half full again, and I’m hoping we can generate some runs and make some noise. Something has got to happen soon. It will! Until next time, GO GIANTS! SMASH THE D-BAGS!