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Coming into the 2011 season, Matt Cain was the Giants starter that had the most hard-luck losses of anyone.
In fact, it was what he was known for around the league: great arm, lousy results because of lack of run support.
So far in 2011, Cain is trying to buck his own trend. He's currently 8-5 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Even with these numbers, however, Cain has had his share of losses and no-decisions resulting from poor offensive help from his hitters.
On April 9 against the Cardinals, Cain gave up just two runs on five hits in seven strong innings, but got a no-decision, as the Giants could only push one run across while Cain was in the ballgame. San Francisco ultimately won that game in come-from-behind fashion, 3-2.
On April 26 at Pittsburgh, Cain held the Pirates to two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings, but got another no-decision. The Giants could only score one run through the first seven innings of that game, though they went on to win by a 3-2 final.
On May 1 in Washington, Cain gave up two earned runs on seven hits in six innings, but got the loss as the Nationals beat the Giants, 5-2.
On June 19 against the A's in Oakland, Cain was brilliant, allowing just one run on three hits through seven innings, but ended up with another no-decision to show for it as the Giants fell, 2-1.
Against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 30, Cain was even better, tossing seven shutout innings and giving up just four hits while fanning six, but the Giants lost and Cain got yet another no-decision.
Most recently, on July 17 at Petco Park, Cain dominated the Padres, yielding just one earned run on three hits while fanning nine over six innings, but got a no-decision, though San Francisco won the game 4-3.
Matt Cain has pitched well enough to have more than 10 wins, but with little run support for most of the season thus far, his numbers, like those of his comrades on the staff, don't tell the entire story of his outstanding season.