Apr 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at AT

Big Fourth Inning Backs Cain's Solid Outing

The San Francisco Giants finally beat Tim Hudson.

The finally is meant to be emphasized. Not only had the Giants not beaten Hudson since 2006, but since their last win (before Friday night, of course), Hudson owned a 2.48 ERA over nine starts. But a six-run fourth inning got the Giants off the horse.

San Francisco mustered five consecutive hits before Hudson struck out Andres Torres. The damage was already done, though.

Marco Scutaro singled to lead off the fourth, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Pablo Sandoval followed Scutaro with a single, and then, the Giants bats erupted for three straight RBI hits: Buster Posey doubled home Scutaro. Hunter Pence’s slow-rolling infield single scored Sandoval. Lastly, Brandon Belt’s high-chopping double scored Posey.

Of those three RBI hits, none of them were actually hit hard. So, it would only be fitting that Matt Cain’s RBI single was one of the harder hit balls of the inning. Scutaro, in his second at-bat of the inning, capped the scoring with a two-out, two-run single to give the Giants a 6-0 advantage.

Obviously, Cain sat on a sturdy cushion, a rare advantage for a pitcher who’s been deprived of consistent run support throughout his career. He pitched eight innings, allowed two runs and struck out seven. Brian McCann hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Cain, marking his only hiccup. Although, McCann’s blasted marked Cain’s 10th allowed homer of the year.


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