Saturday, September 15, 2012

GIANTS       82-62    ...             Magic number: 11.
Los Angeles  75-70    7.5 GB    Locked in a wild-card battle.

Giants defeated Arizona, 6-2, as Matt Cain won his 14th game.
LA defeated St Louis, 8-5, after losing on Thursday.

Giants at Arizona, 8:10 PM EDT (6:10 PM local). Barry Zito starts against Arizona's rookie 'phenom' Wade Miley, who has already won 15 games. Amazingly, the last time the Giants lost a Zito start was on August 2.
LA hosts St Louis again, 5:10 PDT.

Last Night's Game
Hunter Pence belted a 2-2 fastball for a third-inning grand slam, and that was all Matt Cain needed for his 14th win of the season. Cain made it into the sixth, was pulled after the first two batters reached base, and the usual parade of relievers, six in all, followed. 34 of Cain's 106 pitches came in a lengthy, improbable first inning in which he gave up three walks and one hit yet didn't allow a run, thanks to Buster Posey throwing out Adam Eaton trying to steal third. After Pence's blast, the only remaining drama came in the eighth, when Bruce Bochy allowed Santiago Casilla to bat with the bases loaded and two out. The reliever then grounded one through the hole into right for a two-run single, his first career hit and RBI. So unfamiliar was Casilla with this whole "hitting" thing, he wasn't sure what to do after he got to first base. And people say Roberto Kelly has it easy over there in the first-base coach's box...

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