San Francisco Giants 5, Cincinnati Reds 0: OK, Matt Cain, what can you do?
Two weeks ago, Matt Cain set Giants franchise history by throwing the first perfect game in team history.
Not to be outdone, the other four pitchers on the staff have teamed up to match Cain’s accomplishment in one.
Led by outstanding starting performances by Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Linecum and Madison Bumgarner, the Giants have posted four consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history.
It’s the first since the 1995 Orioles that a team has posted four consecutive shutouts.
On Monday, it was Zito, George Kontos and Shane Loux shutting out the Dodgers 8-0.
On Tuesday, it was Vogelsong, Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla shutting out the Dodgers 2-0
On Wednesday, it was Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo shutting out the Dodgers 3-0.
On Thursday, it was all Bumgarner in a 5-0 win over the Reds.
Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a one-hitter with two walks and eight strikeouts.
The streak of 36 consecutive shutout innings set a San Francisco Giants record of 35 set back in 1960.
It’s the third one-hitter or better the Giants pitchers have thrown this season.
They have 10 shutouts on the season — the last four and five of the last six home games.
- April 9 — 7-0 at Colorado (Zito CG)
- April 15 — 5-0 vs. Pittsburgh (Cain CG)
- April 18 — 1-0 (11) vs. Philadelphia (Cain start)
- May 19 — 4-0 vs. Oakland (Vogelsong start)
- June 3 — 2-0 vs. Chicago Cubs (Zito start)
- June 13 — 10-0 vs. Houston (Cain CG)
- June 25 — 8-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Zito start)
- June 26 — 2-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Vogelsong start)
- June 27 — 3-0 vs. L.A. Dodgers (Lincecum start)
- June 28 — 5-0 vs. Cincinnati (Bumgarner CG)
The 10 shutouts tie the Giants with the Angels for the most in the majors this season. The Giants lead the National League by a significant margin. The Mets have eight, then the Diamondbacks have five. Eight other teams have four.
And let’s not forget about the offense. All nine Giants who played Thursday reached safely as the Giants drew six walks and had nine hits. Even Bumgarner collected a hit. Melky Cabrera went 2 for 2 with two walks.
Oh, and Thursday’s win put the Giants all alone in first place in the NL West for the first time all season.
Good times, Giants fans, good times.
Cain takes the hill against Mike Leake as the Giants and Reds meet at 7:15 p.m. Friday.