Sunday, September 26, 2010

Big Game Cain shuts down the Rockies

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park in Washington on July 9, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Matt Cain took a no-hitter into the 8th inning Vs. the Colorado Rockies.  Jay Payton legged out an infield hit to break up the no-hitter and Melvin Mora hit a 2 run homer to account for all the scoring that the Rockies would do.

Cain finished the game for his 12th career complete game and effectively knocked the Rockies out of the post season.

Big Game Cain was officially born today.  This was the biggest game that Cain has pitched in so far in his career.  never before had Cain ever been in a race this close this late in the season.  Considering that Rockies pounded out 17 hits last night and won the game with a dramatic double in the 10th they could have easily used that momentum from last night and turned this game into a laugher.

But Matt came through when the Giants needed him the most.

Cain's next big test will come next weekend against San Diego on the second to last game of the season.  He could be potentially pitching the pennant clinching game so he will need to bring his big game stuff once again.

At the time I am writing this the Padres are down 6-2 to the Cincinnati Reds so hopefully the Giants will be no worse than tied after tomorrow's day off.


The Reds ponded the Padres 12-2 so the Giants are once again in sole possession of first.  The Padres play the Cubs in San Diego so hopefully the Cubs can win one of those games.  It sure looks like it's gonna come down to the final weekend in San Diego


  1. Cain said in an interview after the game he trusted Posey on every pitch and never had to question any of his signals. I get the feeling Zito has no confidence in Posey as it seems he's shaking him off a lot. Have you heard any clubhouse talk about this or am I imagining things?

  2. No I haven't. The last 3 or 4 outings Zito has pitched well other than yesterday. So I think the chemistry with Posey is there. I just think Zito didn't have much working yesterday and didn't have confidence in his own ability to do what Posey was asking.