Matt Cain came into Friday’s game with a 1.82 ERA in his last five starts. Unfortunately for Cain and the Giants, that ERA shot up after he faced the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Juan Uribe finished with three legs of the cycle and drove in seven runs, Cain’s ERA skyrocketed from 4.29 to 4.85 after surrendering eight runs and the Giants fell seven games below .500 with a 10-2 loss to the Dodgers. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the win for the Dodgers, and Cain took the loss for the Giants.
Michael Kickham struggled as well, as he surrendered two runs in three innings. Those two runs came on a home run for Uribe, who tortured his former team. Uribe hit a two-run double off of Cain in the second inning, and he cleared the bases with a triple in the third inning.
The Giants had some chances against Ryu, but they couldn’t capitalize. San Francisco was out of the game early, though, as Cain exited in the third inning with the Giants trailing 7-1. George Kontos did a nice job in relief of Cain, but Kickham, who entered the game with a 13.54 ERA, struggled as well.
San Francisco is now falling behind in the NL West, as it is tied for last place and 5.5 games back of the first-place Diamondbacks. As for the red-hot Dodgers, they are closing in on first place. Uribe, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are red-hot, and that’s going to hurt the Giants and the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks
The Giants have to turn their season around, as they are 16-30 in their last 46 games and 1-10 in their last 11 games. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have won 11 of their last 13 games. If both teams continue to play like they played tonight, it won’t be good for the Giants.