The ceremony was all that it could have been. Rings were handed out and the San Francisco Giants were rewarded for their successful championship run in 2012. Then when all of that was over they went to work playing baseball against the team that came one win away from sending them home in the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals. The outcome wasn’t quite what they hoped for to say the least.
It is interesting to note that it was Matt Cain, the same pitcher that was on the mound for the clinching game 7 that was facing the Cardinals today. Things were not the same as the Giants continue to struggle enough offensively that it makes it difficult for the pitching staff to bring in a load of wins. They say that the bounces aren’t going their way and to some extent that is what is happening. Momentum is just not on their side right now but also some blame should go to the bats just not hitting the ball well.
Cain was not a victim of that today but of a very uncharacteristic 9 run fourth inning. It is a rarity for sure and I doubt anything like that will happen again this year to Cain. With that said, it would take some pressure off of Cain and the other starters if they knew that the Giants offense was going to score some runs. Luckily the pitching is superb enough that they are keeping afloat while the bats are quiet. If there is a good time to struggle, that time is now.