Going into this season, the San Francisco Giants were hoping Matt Cain would be one of the star pitchers that would help carry the team back to World Series glory. In his first two starts, Cain was undoubtedly off. His couldn’t keep his pitches under control, was giving up way too many hits, and looked as if he had finally lost his touch.
However, after a resurgence in his third start, it seemed that Cain was returning to form. Against the San Diego Padres, Cain pitched a stellar game despite a losing effort by the Giants, and showed he is back. Cain is an intricate part of the Giants’ success, and his performance in this game should give them hope for the future.
Cain’s rough start gave cause for worry for both Giants fans as well as the organization, but whatever was holding him back is now gone. Against the Padres, Cain went seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run. He also only gave up four hits and walked two. Yes, the offense may not have come through for him (something that has always been a thorn in Cain’s side) but this is a performance that the Giants can count on.
Cain is on the upswing after his start, and this outing absolutely proved that. A loss is always hard to take for a pitcher, but for the Giants, a loss with one of their star starters coming into form is more than a worthy compromise.