After throwing his perfect game, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain seemed to fall off the wagon of dominance he'd been riding for quite some time, but is looking to keep the momentum going on Friday as he takes on the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Matt Cain (11-5, 2.99 ERA) got back in the win column after his last start, tossing 7.1 innings of two-run ball against the Colorado Rockies. He's had one start at at Petco Park this season, allowing three unearned runs while striking out nine in seven innings of an 8-3 win back on June 7. Cain is now 2-3 with a 2.40 ERA in his last seven games in San Diego.
San Diego will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (4-3, 6.41), who was roughed up for seven runs in three innings of work during Sunday's 11-5 loss in Pittsburgh. Ohlendorf signed with San Diego in June and has pitched well at home, owning a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in three starts there.
With Melky gone other players are going to step up, and a lot more pressure will be put on Buster Posey than ever before. Luckily Posey had been light out in nine matchups with San Diego this year, batting .323 with three homers, three doubles and 10 RBIs. Buster also is hitting .343 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last eight games in San Diego.
The Giants have also won 17 of the last 23 meetings with the Padres.
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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