San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain has historically not been very good at Miller Park. That did not change Thursday afternoon when the Milwaukee Brewers knocked him around pretty good in a 7-2 win.
Cain has posted a career 2-4 record with a 6.30 earned run average while allowing 44 hits in 40 innings against the Brewers in Milwaukee. No one has really ever been able to figure out why he has so much trouble at Miller Park, especially since he is a very good overall pitcher.
I believe one of the main reasons is because Miller Park is a hitter’s park, while AT&T Park in San Francisco is considered a pitcher’s park. Not to mention, the Brewers have been terrific offensively at home over the past several years, which certainly does not bode well for opposing pitchers.
The 28-year-old allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in six innings against Milwaukee. He also allowed three two-run home runs, including one to slugger Ryan Braun, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. It was Gallardo’s 11th career home run, by far the most by any pitcher in Brewers franchise history.
It is not uncommon for starting pitchers to struggle against certain teams or in certain ballparks. For instance, Gallardo has never defeated the Colorado Rockies in his six-year career. He also consistently struggles against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he has only defeated them once.
There is a good chance Cain will never have success in Milwaukee. That is something that I am sure is fine by him considering he seems to have success everywhere else. However, I have to imagine Giants manager Bruce Bochy would have liked to see a better effort from Cain so that San Francisco could have avoided being swept.