Matt Cain surrendered a pair of solo home runs as the Giants fell 2-1 to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Cain lowered his season ERA to exactly 4.00 after tossing seven innings of two-run ball. After a brutal first half, finishing the year with an ERA under 4.00 would be a moral accomplishment, and if the Giants opt to roll out Cain in Sunday’s season finale, he would have a chance to put the final touches on his ERA.
Solo homers off the bats of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp registered as Cain’s only blemishes. Puig’s came in the fifth. More notably, it came after Cain hit him in the shoulder with two outs in the third–feel free to speculate on that point.
Kemp’s came in the sixth, breaking the 1-1 tie. Cain’s two-seamer drifted in, and Kemp caught it out front, launching it into the left center field bleachers.
A lack of run support has been a common theme in Cain’s career. And that didn’t change, as Tony Abreu’s fifth-inning solo home run marked San Francisco’s only run. Hyun-Jin Ryu, with the exception of the solo home run, didn’t allow any Giants baserunner to advance to second base.
Ryu matched Cain’s seven innings with seven of his own. Despite taking the mound at the onset of the eighth, Ryu was replaced with Brian Wilson after the Giants announced their pinch-hitter. Wilson, a former Giants World Series hero, signed with the Dodgers in late July. His jog from the bullpen consisted of a mixed reaction. Some described it as a split, but the boos overshadowed the cheers. Plus, there was a section of Dodgers, making it tough to gauge the reaction entirely.
Regardless, Wilson fired a scoreless frame, racking up a pair of strikeouts in the process.
Heath Hembree, sporting Wilson’s former No. 38 jersey, also fired a scoreless frame. Buster Posey’s throwing error on a strikeout forced the young right-hander to work through a slight jam, though. Posey’s throw to first one-hopped Brandon Belt, who couldn’t give his glove down in time to prevent the ball from trickling into shallow right field.