Giants, Cain Look to Bounce Back Against D-Backs

June 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) looks on after St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz (48) scored on a single by second baseman Daniel Descalso (not pictured) during the third inning of game one of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants aren’t known for playing sloppy baseball, but that’s the brand they’ve been playing lately.

The Giants have scored seven runs in their last 45.1 innings, which is an average of 1.39 runs every nine innings. While the Giants are 2-3 in those games, the offense has been cold and the pitching has been inconsistent.

Matt Cain was extremely sharp for the most part in his last start, but a dreadful third inning cost him against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cain threw five perfect innings, but a seven-run third inning was sandwiched between those masterful innings.

Cain’s inflated ERA skyrocketed to 5.45, which needs to be improved. San Francisco is 5-7 in Cain’s starts, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are 11-0 in Patrick Corbin’s. Corbin has the fifth-best ERA in the MLB this year (2.06), and he’s 9-0 as well.

Corbin pitched 7.1 solid inning against the Giants earlier this year, and he only surrendered two runs in that game. Corbin wants to duplicate that outing, and that’s certainly possible considering the Giants’ recent struggles and Corbin’s 2013 dominance.

The D-backs took two out of three from the red-hot Cardinals, and they’re looking to do more against the Giants. San Francisco is 4-2 against the D-backs this year, but it is still three games back in the NL West.

Can the Giants chip away at their NL West deficit? Can Cain bounce back? Find out when first pitch is thrown at 6:40 PM PST, and make sure to check back for complete postgame coverage.

Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Matt Cain, Patrick Corbin, San Francisco Giants

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