Don’t forget Cain, Uribe … and Viva Gigantes!
SAN FRANCISCO — With the Giants’ 5-4 victory Tuesday over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Matt Cain has gone winless in six starts. Don’t let that fool you.
Cain has a 2.72 ERA in this span, allowing 36 hits and nine walks in 46 1/3 innings. That computes to an impressive average of 8.74 hits and walks per nine innings. He’s obviously pitching like the All-Star he is.
Cain remained dominant at AT&T Park, where he owns a 6-2 record with a 2.28 ERA. He has pitched at least seven innings in all eight of his starts since the All-Star break to increase his total to 177 1/3, making him a cinch to surpass the 200-inning mark he aims at every year.
Arizona ace Dan Haren entered the game with a 1.65 ERA in nine starts against National League West clubs. But Juan Uribe, enduring a 1-for-15 skid, pierced Haren’s invincibility with a second-inning home run. All six of Uribe’s hits against Arizona this year have gone for extra bases.
The D-backs played without third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was experiencing flu-like symptoms, and Justin Upton, who remained on the disabled list with an oblique injury. But Haren was the great equalizer.
The Giants improved to 7-1 all-time when wearing their “Gigantes” jerseys. They donned them Tuesday to observe Latino Heritage Night.
– Chris Haft