Far be it from me to nitpick a perfect game, especially one that includes 14 strikeouts, but Matt Cain’s perfecto last week for the Giants did occur in a night game at AT&T Park in San Francisco (you won’t find better pitcher-friendly conditions than that). And he did throw a season-high 125 pitches (his third straight game throwing more than 115 pitches). And the opponent was the Houston Astros. Tonight, Cain has to face a real lineup, one that includes names such as Pujols, Trout, Trumbo and Morales). And he has to pitch on the road (where the right-hander’s 3.23 ERA is solid, but far worse than his 1.45 ERA at home). True, the Giants are 10-3 behind Cain this season, winning his last eight starts in a row. But Cain’s counterpart tonight—Angels right-hander Jerome Williams—is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six starts at home.
The Halos just took two of three from the Diamondbacks (posting 2-0 shutouts on Saturday and
Sunday), and while they’re not hitting (11 runs scored in their last six games), they are winning (7-2 last nine). Conversely, San Francisco just dropped two of three in Seattle, part of a 4-5 funk. The Giants have also lost five of their last seven interleague contests.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Thursday’s Result: Thunder -5½ vs. Heat (Loss)