In his first Spring Training appearance since some elbow inflammation kept him sidelined for a few weeks, Matt Cain had a strong outing for the San Francisco Giants today. The rest of the pitching staff, not so much.
In a game that saw a lot of offense for both teams it was The Milwaukee Brewers who came out on top, handing the G-Men only their 5th loss of the preseason so far by a score of 12-8. Cain went 3 full innings allowing 3 hits, no runs or walks and one strikeout, showing that he was still locating the ball well and with good velocity, But it was the other guys who gave up all the runs, specifically Jeff Suppan and Matt Yourkin. In two innings of combined work they gave up 8 hits for 9 runs, which included 2 walks by Suppan and a homer by Yourkin. Neither struck out a batter. Even the bearded savior himself Brain Wilson gave up an earned run.
The Giants offense was potent today but just not potent enough. Freddy Sanchez Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey all had RBI doubles in the 3rd, Huff followed that up with a bomb in the 5th, and Pablo Sandoval hit a homer in the 6th. Nate Schierholtz and Terry Evans also singled in a run. The Brewers Jeremy Reed and Brandon Boggs also each hit home runs in the game.
The Giants head to the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick again tomorrow to take on their NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks for their third night game so far of the preseason. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PT (7:40 MT) and will only be broadcast on MLB.com (for paid subscribers only). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for your complete Giants coverage as well as preview and wrapups for all of their Cactus League games.