The Stat Line of the Night — 10/19/10 — Matt Cain

matt cainMatt Cain is not exactly known as an ace, but he’s been a solid pitcher on the Giants staff for a few years now.  Last night he had to battle Cole Hamels to break a 1-1 tie in the NLCS.  Generally the winner of Game 3 is in the driver’s seat for most playoff series, and Cain did not disappoint.  Although he was going against a bonafide ace in Hamels, he dominated the powerful Phillies lineup and led the Giants to a 3-0 win.

Matt Cain threw seven scoreless innings in his impressive victory, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks.  Although he did throw 119 pitches, he was able to strike out 5 batters.  Lopez and Wilson came in to slam the door on the Phillies in the final two innings, allowing just 1 hit between the two of them.  Cain’s 7 inning 2-hit shutout was just the 5th time in NLCS history that has happened.  Not only did he carry his team, he made history.

Now the Giants look ahead to Game 4, where they can really put the screws on the Phils.  Although the Giants were heavy underdogs coming into this series, they have proven they belong with gutsy performances like Cain’s.  Today Cain wins the “Stat Line of the Night”, but he may be instrumental in winning the biggest prize of all – a World Series ring.

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