One word sums up Matt Cain's performance over a two-game, mid-April stretch against the Pirates and Phillies: efficiency.
On April 13th, Cain tossed a complete game shutout against Pittsburgh, a one-hit gem which was wrapped up in 106 pitches in a 5-0 home drubbing of the Pirates. And oh-by-the-way, that one hit was the only base runner he allowed.
In his very next start on April 18th, Cain was snapping necks again as he tossed just 91 pitches over nine shutout innings against the other Pennsylvanian team, the Phillies. Unfortunately for the Giants' hurler, his team didn't provide any support and he ended up with a no-decision, with San Francisco taking the 1-0 victory in extra innings.
But he wasn't alone in his frustration that day, as Phillies starter Cliff Lee threw what was perhaps the most dominant start of the season to date for Philadelphia, 10 innings of shutout ball, in a no decision.
Guess the bats had a case of Pujols-itis that day.