|Cain goes down as Giants lose to Pirates 10-5|
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|Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:32|
The right-hander departed in the fourth inning of San Francisco's 10-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night after getting hit on his pitching arm by a line drive from Gaby Sanchez. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
Manager Bruce Bochy expected to know more about Cain's condition Friday.
``That ball was smoked. It caught him flush. He has a pretty good contusion. He's really sore. We'll know more tomorrow. We're not going to take any chances.''
Cain was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on the pitcher, who walked off the mound on his own moments later.
``I have to figure out what my body will let me do and go from there,'' Cain said of the next step. ``I got a little bit ahead of myself and made bad pitches. They didn't miss them.''
Cain allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Guillermo Moscoso (1-2) relieved with the Giants trailing 3-1. He allowed three runs, bringing his total to eight in seven outings for San Francisco.
Cain, who had been on a nice roll since the All-Star break, threw 64 pitches, 40 for strikes.
``It caught me pretty good. It didn't feel right, right off the bat,'' he said. ``Like the time in 2009, I had the feeling it wasn't very good.''
Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and the NL Central-leading Pirates took their turn beating up on the Giants after Boston did the same this week.
Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata doubled in his second plate appearance of the inning.
Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly.
Jones' 12th homer leading off the second was a splash-hit drive into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. It was the 28th at AT&T Park by an opponent and second by a Pirates player. Adam LaRoche hit one on Aug. 11, 2007, against Tim Lincecum.
Tabata added a pair of singles for his third three-hit game in August.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win following Jeff Locke, who allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in four innings.
On a day the Giants sent Torres to the 15-day disabled list, the defending World Series champions were dealt another blow with the early exit for Cain. San Francisco was outscored 21-4 in a losing three-game series against the Red Sox - including 12-1 in Wednesday's finale.
It wasn't much better in the opener of a four-game series with the Pirates. Brandon Crawford added a two-run double in the eighth for San Francisco.
``The guys did a great job of coming back. That's what is so disappointing, to have an ugly inning like that after tying the game,'' Bochy said. ``When your long guy is having a tough time throwing strikes that's a recipe for disaster.''
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval returned to the Giants' lineup after missing two games with a sore back. He grounded into a double play in the second and wound up 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Torres said the injury has lingered since the start of 2011 after he helped the Giants win a World Series championship the previous fall. He is scheduled to get a second opinion and be examined by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson next week in North Carolina and hopes to avoid surgery - though an MRI exam showed bone spurs in the area.
``I need to be 100 percent,'' Torres said. ``After we won the World Series and they gave us the rings (April 9, 2011), I hurt this foot and I've never been the same. Playing like this is not going to be good for me and it's not going to be good for the organization. I respect them a lot. This is something I have to work to get better.''
NOTES: Bochy said struggling LHP Barry Zito (4-9, 5.63 ERA) is scheduled to make his next start. ``We're keeping the guys in the rotation where they're at,'' Bochy said. ... The Giants are 9-22 vs. the NL Central. ... In other roster moves, LHP Mike Kickham was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, and INF Nick Noonan and OF Francisco Peguero were recalled from Fresno to provide some depth.