San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain got himself immortalized on the AT+T Park Portside wall Friday evening, then took the hill Saturday afternoon and dispatched the Colorado Rockies, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 6 strike-outs over 7 1/3 innings. The Giants pecked-away at Colorado, scoring in five innings. They led 5-0 after five and 8-1 after six.
Drew Pomeranz took the loss for the Rockies, lasting four innings (73 pitches, 45 strikes), but fortune was not with him in this appearance. San Francisco loaded the bases on singles off him in the second, then scored on a Joaquin Arias sacrifice fly and again on a single, this one by Cain. In the third Melky Cabrera singled with one out, then Pomeranz served-up a gopher-ball to Buster Posey, who drove it into the left-center-field seats.
Josh Roenicke relieved Pomeranz in the fifth and wasn’t his usually effective self. He walked Marco Scutaro with one out in the fifth, wild-pitched him to second, then a Hunter Pence double brought him home. In the sixth Ryan Theriot and Arias singled and moved over on a Cain sacrifice. They scored on an Angel Pagan triple to right-field, then Scutaro knocked-in Pagan with a line-single up the middle. The Giants added a run in the eighth.
Colorado loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth on a single by DJ Le Mahieu, a walk to Chris Nelson, and a beautiful bunt up the first-base line by Eric Young Jr. The Rockies got one when Scutaro chose to take a force play at third over a certain 5-4-3 double-play, but then Carlos Gonzalez was retired on a line-shot to San Francisco first-baseman Brett Pill, and catcher Ramon Hernandez struck-out to end the threat. Le Mahieu drilled his first major-league home-run leading-off the eighth. In the ninth the Rockies added one more on a one-out single by Tyler Colvin, botched force-play on pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario, and a two-out single by Nelson.
Mike Ekstrom pitched a scoreless seventh for Colorado, but Rex Brothers gave-back the Rockies’ eighth inning run in his one inning appearance.
The two teams play a rubber match tomorrow afternoon in the City by the Bay. Colorado will send right-hander Alex White (2-6, 5.75) up against the Giants’ lefty Barry Zito (9-8, 4.19) in another 2:05 start. TV on ROOT and radio 850 am KOA.
The Giants picked-up a half game on the NL West second-place Los Angeles Dodgers, in Miami Saturday night, while the currently fading Arizona Diamondbacks host Washington in Phoenix.