Giants- Dodgers: LA Showed Up, But SF Continues to Stay Away

Alex VaneveryContributor IApril 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch in the first inning against of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

There is good news and there is bad news for the Giants and the Giants fans.

The good news was that they had Tuesday off, giving them a chance to rest.

The bad news they are still stuck in Southern Cal, where between the Padres and Dodgers they are 0-4.

Tonight Matt Cain pitched. Cain, the only Giants pitcher with a win and the only pitcher that pitched good enough to have an ERA under 5.00.

So that should be a lesson to the rest of the Giants pitchers, right?

At the beginning of the season it seemed like the hitting was able to silence critics. Now their hitting is ugly coming in at a .211 average. And they haven't driven in  one walk in 120 at-bats.

Lincecum is not performing like the Cy Young he is, Johnson doesn't look like he was his first game, and Zito, well, Zito is being Zito.

The pitching, which was suppose to be the deepest rotation in the league, has an ERA over eight.

So can the hope that the Giants bounce back be held on Matt Cain?

Cain had a tough first three innings. Throwing 61 pitches walking three and striking out one. Kershaw, the Dodgers pitcher, struck out eight with in the first three innings.

Cain, despite this trouble, was able to hold the bleeding to one run—until the fourth when he gave up a home run to Casey Blake.

I have always felt that Matt Cain has been inconsistent in his pitching. Although I think he will be a good pitcher after more seasons, this game looked to me as another type of Cain.

It's obvious he has shown his hard work. He has trimmed down and built confidence. But tonight he seemed like he faced difficulties out side of his control.

The umpires themselves seemed to be all over the place on calls. Pitches that were obviously in the zone were not for Cain. 

Whats even more outstanding is the horrible call made against Rich Aurilia by the second base umpire. Because of the umpire making no sign, the throw out to first was as easy as handing it off.

Usually with a game like this I would say this is typical Matt Cain, the inconsistent pitcher, tonight I'm putting the blame on the umpirea.

Then again, the Giants are 0-6 against the Dodgers.

I pray that the Giants do not fall back on old habits and give up no run support. At least tonight the one day rest seemed to pull off, as they where down 2-1, until the eight inning when Sandoval was hit by a pitch putting their first lead off hitter on base.

Aurilia was able to single to center. And Rowand was able to homer putting the Giants up 4-2.

The Giants suddenly looked like a competing team.

But where the Giants show some consistency it loses it in other places, this time being the bullpen. The relievers came out and gave up two runs tying the game.

Although going to the 10th it ended in a well known scenario, the Giants couldn't close it out. The Dodgers went on to win it 5-4. The Giants are now 0-5 in So Cal.

So what do the Giants need to do. Hit better? How about working on bringing in those left on base. Johnson has got to stop thinking about that milestone and pitch. Maybe the anger he has for Arizona will pay off.

Lincecum needs to pull his video game self off the mound and pitch. And the bullpen, for God's sake, please hold them off.

Despite being a good game, to Giants fans it might look all to familiar as the team continues to struggle.

On a side note, if there was a night when Clayton Kershaw showed his threat it was tonight—seven innings, one hit, one run, one walk, 13 strike outs, and an ERA of 1.50—look out National League.


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