The San Francisco Giants are a bad baseball team right now and lost again Friday, getting shutout for the third time in their last five games, losing 2-0 to the San Diego Padres on the Fourth of July. The Giants are 22-36-1 all-time on Independence Day.
It was the eighth time overall the Giants were blanketed and third occurrence on the road. Matt Cain continues to receive a lack of run support as the team has scored two runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts this season. He allowed two runs in 6.1 innings to drop his record to 1-7 on the year and the team is 4-10 in his starts.
Cain did record his 1,500th career strikeout in the bottom of the fourth as Tommy Medica was called out on strikes to end the inning. He becomes the fourth pitcher in the SF Era to accomplish this feat, joining Juan Marichal (2,281), Gaylord Perry (1,606) and Tim Lincecum (1,599).
Cain is the eighth pitcher in Giants franchise history that includes Christy Mathewson (2,499), Amos Rusie (1,835), Carl Hubbell (1,677) and "Smiling" Mickey Welch (1,570).
Brandon Belt made his return to the club and went 0-for-4 in his first game since May 9. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Angel Pagan is not expected to return until after the All-Star Break after undergoing an Epidural Injection on Thursday. Pagan has not played since June 14.
The orange and black are now 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and could be in danger of staying in second place for a long time if they don't get their act together real soon.
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