San Francisco Giants pitchers are drive-in force behind victories

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

There came a moment in Thursday’s game against the Rockies when I knew the Giants were going to win.

It came in the fourth inning when Matt Cain slapped a single to left to score the final run of a five-run inning, cutting the Rockies’ lead to 6-5.

To watch Cain’s knock, click here.

Right there, I knew it was in the bag.

Why? Well, it’s because, with that RBI and the subsequent 8-6 win, the Giants are now 23-0 since last May 9 when one of their pitchers records an RBI. And that includes the postseason.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the list:

  1. May 16, 2013 — Matt Cain, d. Rockies 8-6
  2. May 10, 2013 — Cain, d. Braves 8-2
  3. May 8, 2013 — Barry Zito, d. Phillies 4-3
  4. April 11, 2013 — Ryan Vogelsong, d. Cubs 7-6
  5. April 10, 2013 — Zito, d. Rockies 10-0
  6. April 3, 2013 — Tim Lincecum, d. Dodgers 5-3
  7. April 2, 2013 — Madison Bumgarner, d. Dodgers 3-0
  8. Oct. 24, 2012 — Zito, d. Tigers 8-3 (Game 1 of World Series)
  9. Oct. 22, 2012 — Cain, d. Cardinals 9-0 (Game 7 of NLCS)
  10. Oct. 21, 2012 — Vogelsong, d. Cardinals 6-1 (Game 6 of NLCS)
  11. Oct. 19, 2012 — Zito, d. Cardinals 5-0 (Game 5 of NLCS)
  12. Sept. 26, 2012 — Cain, d. Diamondbacks 6-0
  13. Sept. 22, 2012 — Bumgarner, d. Padres 8-4
  14. Sept. 14, 2012 — Santiago Casilla, d. Diamondbacks 6-2
  15. Sept. 11, 2012 — Bumgarner, d. Rockies 9-8
  16. Aug. 23, 2012 — Zito, d. Braves 5-2
  17. Aug. 17, 2012 — Cain, d. Padres 10-1
  18. Aug. 11, 2012 — Cain, d. Rockies 9-3
  19. Aug. 5, 2012 — Lincecum, d. Rockies 8-3
  20. July 21, 2012 — Cain, d. Phillies 6-5
  21. June 12, 2012 — Bumgarner, d. Astros 6-3
  22. May 18, 2012 — Zito, d. Athletics 8-6
  23. May 12, 2012 — Cain, d. Diamondbacks 5-2

The last time the Giants lost a game when one of their pitchers drove in a run came on May 9, 2012, when Lincecum got an RBI in a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.

So who needs a DH?

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