Cardinals 14, Giants 3: Ten positive things we can say about Sunday’s debacle

When you try to put a blog post after every San Francisco Giants (except when a spring break trip takes you away from internet access), it’s sometimes a challenge to try to post something positive.

Sunday was just one of those days for Matt Cain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sunday was just one of those days for Matt Cain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sunday’s game against the Cardinals was one of those games.

While we can’t guarantee any of these will perk you up after Sunday’s loss, these come from our best efforts

  1. The pre-game ring ceremony was cool. You can watch the video of the ceremony above.
  2. Angel Pagan, normally a cold starter to the season, continues to hit the ball well with a double and his first triple of the season.
  3. After getting just two hits in their first 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Giants got two hits in three at-bats with RISP in the third inning. The Giants are now 5 for 30 with RISP on the season (.167).
  4. Brandon Belt got his first hit of the season.
  5. Nick Noonan got his first career hit in the ninth inning, a neat highlight if you were determined enough to wait around to watch it.
  6. Even though he still hasn’t found his swing, Pablo Sandoval got two more hits.
  7. Guillermo Quiroz is hitting 1.000 for the season.
  8. Chad Gaudin pitched three shutout innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.
  9. Sunday’s loss only counts as one in the standings.
  10. To quote Marty Feldman from “Young Frankenstein”: It could have been worse; it could have been raining.

Did any of that make you feel any better? No? Well, if it’s any consolation, Matt Cain feels worse.

For three innings, Cain had Giants fans thinking two things: “Could Matt Cain possibly through ANOTHER perfect game?” and “Watch out Orel Hershiser; Matt Cain is coming after your consecutive scoreless innings streak.”

Cain sailed through the Cardinals’ lineup the first time through — nine up, nine down on 28 pitches. Extending back into last season, it stretched Cain’s scoreless innings streak to 11 innings.

But before the fourth inning was over, all that was a distant memory. Cain’s fourth went: single and error, single, sac fly (1 run), walk, single, ground-rule double (2 runs), single (1 run), single (1 run), foul pop-out by pitcher, walk, single (2 runs).

He left with two on and two out. Beltran’s single against Jose Mijares plated two more runs charged to Cain. All totaled: nine earned runs on seven hits and two walks.

Oh well. Luckily, there’s another game tomorrow.

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