[picappgallerysingle id="9550339"] The San Francisco Giants needed a win last night. The team needed to shake off the doubts of the previous three road series. To say the road trip was a failure is putting it mildly. They needed both great starting pitching from Matt Cain and some life out of this new and improved lineup. Needed wins have not come the Giants way lately, so faith was dwindling. Any questions or doubts about this game were answered in the first inning. Matt Cain (10-10) could not be touched in the first inning. The Giants would slap Edinson Volquez (3-2) for five runs in the first inning. Edinson only lasted two thirds of an inning.
The night belonged to the Giants lineup. The Giants would strike for 11 runs and 17 hits. The attack was led by Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval. Huff drove in three runs and hit his 22nd homer. Sandoval drove in three runs and had three hits. Andres Torres also blasted his 13th homer. Heck, even newly acquired Cody Ross had a hit in his first Giants at bat.
The five run first was all Cain needed. He was in cruise control the rest of the way. His only hiccup came in the third inning. He gave up a two run triple to Scott Rolen. The Cardinals were only back into the game for half an inning because Andres Torres’s two run bomb pushed the lead back to a comfortable five runs. The offense lifted Cain. Cain would respond by not giving up a hit for his final three innings of work. He struck out the side in the seventh to highlight this hitless streak. Cain’s final line was eight innings, two runs allowed, and seven strike outs. Cain was able tonight.
This was a great way to start the home stand. Not only is a win a confidence boost, but this slaughter will surely swing some needed momentum the Giants way. The team is in a dog fight and played like it. The lineup is now solid. The Giants need the pitching to return to form. Matt Cain turned it around for himself. The Giants need the rest of the starters to follow suit. If they do then the Giants will be playing in October.