May 16, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) reacts after giving up a home run during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Look to Take Series Against Nationals, Cain Looks to Bounce Back


For the first time in eight days, a San Francisco Giants pitcher was throwing the ball well. Then, that pitcher went down.

Ryan Vogelsong suffered a fractured hand in Monday’s 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals. The Giants had lost three in a row and had lost five out of six games on a road trip, but Vogelsong and the team managed to bounce back. Now, Matt Cain is looking to improve upon his miserable 5.43 ERA and hand the Giants a much-needed series win over the Nationals.

Cain is another Giants pitcher who has struggled this year. San Francisco’s starting pitchers’ ERA is still hovering around the 5.00 mark, and Cain is looking to bring his ERA and the team’s ERA down. He’ll go up against Stephen Strasburg and the underachieving Nationals, who have failed to meet lofty expectations and currently sit at 23-22. Strasburg has thrown the ball well this year, though, as his ERA is 2.83.

However, despite opponents hitting just .217 against him, Strasburg is 2-5. The Nationals have scored 23 runs in Strasburg’s nine starts, and they are 3-6 in Strasburg’s starts. Strasburg is looking to secure a much-needed victory against the Giants, as the Nationals are fighting to stay above .500. San Francisco is one game behind the D-Backs, and it can tie for first with a win and a loss from the D-Backs.

Can the Giants secure a victory? Find out at 7:15 PM PST, when first pitch is thrown. Then, check back on Golden Gate Sports after the game for complete postgame coverage.

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