Final: New York 7, San Francisco 2
Mike Kickham came on in relief for San Francisco, and gave up four runs over 5.1 innings. Former Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler (3-1) threw 7.0 innings of three-hit ball for the Mets, and launched an RBI double.
Brandon Belt scored both of the Giants' runs, finishing with a triple and two walks. George Kontos, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez threw shutout innings.
San Francisco is in the midst of an ice-cold stretch, losing 14 of the last 16 games. The Giants are 10 games under .500 and hold last place in the NL West.
Bruce Bochy said in the post-game press conference that Cain had no health issues, but pulling the overworked starter was more of a pre-emptive move. Bochy may have already given up on this season, and wants to make sure his ace is still effective be the end of Cain's new five-year contract.
Recent call-up Kensuke Tanaka went 1-4 in his second start in left field after spending the first half of the season playing second base for Triple-A Fresno.
At this point, it seems San Francisco has hit rock bottom. Who can the Giants beat, if not the Mets?