Monday, September 27, 2010

GIANTS      88-68    ...           Cain's gem puts us in driver's seat.
San Diego    87-68     .5 GB    Can still claim share of lead tonight.   
Colorado     83-72    4.5 GB    Figure they need to 'run the table'.

Giants defeated Colorado, 4-2, as Matt Cain pitched a complete game for his 13th win.
San Diego lost to Cincinnati, 12-2.

Giants have the day off.  They return home to finish out the season.
San Diego hosts Chicago in the first of four. The Cubs have been relishing their 'spoiler' role     and playing well since Mike Quade took over for Lou Piniella as manager.
Colorado opens their final home series tonight, against LA.

Yesterday's Game

Matt Cain took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, pitching probably the greatest game of his six-year career in the heat of a pennant race on the road in a notorious hitters' park. Freddy Sanchez'first-inning two-run homer had gotten the Giants off to a good start, and Cain held a 4-0 lead as he went after a place in the history books. Then Jay Payton beat out an infield grounder up the middle to break it up, and Cain, momentarily, appeared to falter. One out later, Melvin Mora broke up the shutout-- and suddenly made it a close game-- with a two-run homer. But the real Matt Cain-- and the evidence of Bruce Bochy's faith in the young ace-- showed up for the ninth.Determined to finish it right, Cain allowed a one-out single to the hyper-dangerous Carlos     Gonzalez, and faced Saturday's hero Troy Tulowitzki, suddenly representing the tying run. Cain got him on a harmless popup, then struck out the veteran slugger Jason Giambi on an     audaciously nasty breaking ball that might have escaped a butterfly net. His 13th win, and the     Giants' 88th, put a resounding finish to this critical road trip, the second September road trip in which the Giants have not only survived, but thrived.

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