April 18th, 2012

Masterpiece Theater

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Matt Cain

Matt Cain has allowed 4 base runners in his last 18 innings.

What a show!  Both starting pitchers showed off their arms tonight when Matt Cain allowed 2 singles and Cliff Lee allowed 5 hits in the first 9 innings.  More excitement came in the bottom of 11th inning when Melky Cabrera had his third hit of the night, scoring Brandon Belt for the only run of this fantastic game.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Matt Cain

Matt Cain has thrown 18-consecutive scoreless innings and faced only 57 batters. That's 3 over the minimum.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Matt Cain

Matt Cain has allowed allowed only 1 earned run in his last 22.0 innings pitched against Phillies (regular season).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Brandon Belt

In the bottom of the 11th inning Brandon Belt scored on Melky Cabrera's line drive to right field.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera celebrated after hitting a single off of Antonio Bastardo to win the game.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Team

Giants Win!

Quick Hits for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (Game #12)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Philadelphia Phillies in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00) will face Phillies’ left-hander Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Matt Cain

TONIGHT’S STARTER...RHP Matt Cain is coming off a 1-hit shutout, striking out 11 batters in the Giants’ home opener vs. Pittsburgh last Friday...Pittsburgh’s only baserun- ner of the game was losing pitcher James McDonald, who singled with 2 out in the 6th.

Please click here for today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the midday sun.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Willie Mays

MORE PABLO...Sandoval’s 11-game hit streak to begin a season ranks as the 6th-longest in SF-era history...Willie Mays owns the longest such streak at 16 games (thanks to STATS, LLC).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Nate Schierholtz

NATE SO FAR GREAT...OF Nate Schierholtz is hitting .391 (9-for-23) through his 1st 7 games this season...his .391 clip ranks as the 2nd-highest among all ML right fielders behind only Boston’s Ryan Sweeney (.406).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Clay Hensely

CLAY HENSLEY... Entered last night’s game with 1 runner on and proceeded to strand the runner, while also striking out 2 batters... Has tossed 3.1-scoreless innings over 4 relief outings.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Santiago Casilla

SANTIAGO CASILLA... Converted his 1st save of the season last night after tossing a scoreless 9th inning, allowing just 1 hit... Has not allowed a run in his 4 appearances.

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