Apr 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cain Looks to Bounce Back, Giants Look to Sweep Dodgers: Game Preview

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Nate Schierholtz could have claimed that he had the most recent walk-off home run at AT&T Park before Friday’s game. Today, two days later, he has the third-most recent walk-off home run at AT&T Park.

Buster Posey sent everyone at AT&T Park home happy with a walk-off blast on Friday night, and Guillermo Quiroz did the same thing on Saturday night. The Giants now have five consecutive dramatic wins, and they are 18-12 and tied for first in the competitive NL West. In addition, the Dodgers are 4.5 games behind the Giants.

Matt Cain hasn’t been too great for the Giants, though. San Francisco is 1-5 in Cain’s starts, meaning they are 17-7 when Cain doesn’t pitch. Cain gave up three home runs in his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he was very good outside of one four-run inning (containing all three of the home runs Cain allowed).

Still, the fact remains that Cain has a 6.49 ERA and has been the worst pitcher on the team this year. He will try to get back on track against a Dodger team who he shut out over six innings on Opening Day. Cain will face Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Ryu has done well as a Dodger, as he has struck out 46 in just 37.2 innings pitched.

However, Ryu will have to face a team who beat him in his first career start and a lineup that has done well lately. In its last five games, San Francisco has scored 5.8 runs per game, and the Giants are 5-0 in those games. The Giants dropped 10 runs on the Dodgers on Saturday, and everyone contributed. Buster Posey, who will play first, has picked it up lately (he has reached in seven of his last nine at-bats), and Quiroz, who played the role of hero on Saturday, will get a chance to showcase his talent on a big stage.

Can the Giants sweep their second consecutive series, and can they take sole possession of first place? Find out at 5 PM PST when Cain tries to bounce back and the offense looks to stay hot on Sunday Night Baseball, and make sure to check back on Golden Gate Sports for complete postgame coverage.

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