Matt Cain kept the Rockies bats silent, but the Giants’ offensive struggles continued, and the Rockies celebrated with a walk-off win.
Cain pitched eight innings of one-run ball after throwing 30 pitches in the first inning. The right-hander threw just 29 pitches from the second to the fourth inning to regain some efficiency.
However, Cain’s performance was wasted.
Jeremy Affeldt walked Todd Helton with two outs in the ninth inning. Helton was then pinch-ran for by Josh Rutledge who promptly stole second base. Affeldt failed to hold him on, and Hector Sanchez’s throw was too late, setting up Nolan Arenado’s walk-off single.
Cain struggled in a first inning that included the Rockies’ only run off of him–Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single. Cain allowed Chris Dickerson to reach on a double to open the game, and Dickerson advanced to third on DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice bunt. Carlos Gonzalez waved at Cain’s 3-2 changeup before Cuddyer extended his hitting streak with a single back up the middle.
The Giants were kept afloat by Andres Torres’ three hits, until Buster Posey doubled home the Giants’ only run in the sixth inning.
Despite driving in San Francisco’s only run, Posey wasted a golden opportunity in the first, striking out with a runner on third, one out.
Another golden opportunity was wasted, the theme of the day, in the sixth inning after Posey tied the score. Hunter Pence walked to put runners on second and first, but Pablo Sandoval swung at the first pitch to weakly ground out to the pitcher.