Matt Cain made his first post-payday appearance on the mound Tuesday night for the San Francisco Giants, getting the call for the second installment of the preseason Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland A's. Cain was solid, as was th bullpen, and thanks to just enough offense from Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval and Co. the Giants would prevail for the second straight night, earning the 3-2 victory at the O.Co.
Cain lasted for five innings on the night, giving up two runs on five hits along with six strikeouts and only one walk. He didn't induce much solid contact, but Josh Reddick certainly did, launching a first inning solo shot to get the A's on the board. Brandon Allen got an RBI groundout in the fourth, but aside from that the A's remained in check.
The A's tried to make it interesting in the ninth against Sergio Romo after Seth Smith drew a walk. Romo would settle down to strike out Yoenis Cespedes and get Kila Ka'aihue to groundout to earn the save.
Pablo Sandoval finished the game 1-3 with an RBI single in the first, as did Brandon Belt getting his in the fourth. Aubrey Huff's RBI groundout in the fifth would prove to be the deciding run, finishing the game 1-4.
As for the A's, Tyson Ross was solid in his five innings tonight, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, along with one walk and four strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes continued his hot start, raking two doubles off Cain to finish the game 2-4 with two strikeouts, while Coco Crisp finished 1-3 with a walk.
Yusmiero Petit will take the mound for the A's against TBD for the Giants on Friday back at AT&T. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m.
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