San Francisco Giants 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 0: Matt Cain and the nearly perfect opener
As home openers go, that was about perfect.
Buster Posey spanked a first-inning pitch off the center field wall for a two-out RBI double in his first official at-bat at home since suffering a season-ending injury last season.
Aubrey Huff smacked a one-hop splash hit (you know, how we like splash hits, even though this wasn’t an official one) to give the Giants their seventh 4+ run game of the season.
And, of course, there was Matt Cain.
Cain has a losing record for his career, through no fault of his own as he’s been a historic victim of poor run support.
But on Friday, all the support Cain would need is the first-inning double by Posey. He faced 28 batters for the Giants’ second complete-game shutout in five days.
“What a day by Matt,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve all seen him locked in like this. He was as good as he’s been.”
The lone blemish? A sixth-inning single by Pirates’ pitcher James McDonald, a career .069 hitter.
“You think about, it’s like ‘Man, the pitcher stood in his way for a perfect game,’ ” McDonald said.
Cain was thinking about it.
“I was definitely aware of it, but I’m thinking there, ‘I’m behind in the count 2-1, but I’m throwing something to the outer third of the plate,’ ” Cain said. “He put a good swing on it. He did his job. He can hit.”
After that his, Cain went back to work, setting down the final 10 Pirates for a 106-pitch complete game that was over in a litte more than two hours.
Barry Zito faces Charlie Morton as the Giants play the Pirates at 6:05 p.m.