The San Francisco Giants are 3-2 on their current 10-game road trip after dropping the series opener 4-3 Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers. They are 14-17 in one-run games this season and 20-17 in series openers.
The Giants are 10-14 this year versus the National League Central and 6-5 on the road against them. They have struggled at Miller Park lately, losing seven of the last nine games played there.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Angel Pagan will make his return to the lineup Thursday afternoon in the series finale and hopefully jumpstart the club. Pagan has not played since June 30 and been dealing with lower back discomfort. The 33-year-old has received multiple injects to alleviate a bulging disc.
The Giants are simply a different and better team when Pagan is in the lineup since 2012. They are 77-58 with him and 60-80 without him. With Pagan back in the lead-off position, Hunter Pence will return to the No.2 spot in the lineup. Pagan was batting .307 this year with 74 hits and 14 doubles in 63 games.
Matt Cain's 2014 season is over as the three-time All-Star will undergo surgery next Monday to have bone chips and spurs removed from his right elbow. Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the surgery in San Francisco. Recovery time for Cain will be determined following the procedure.
The righty finishes the year with a 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in 15 starts. The Giants were 5-10 in his starts and Cain fails to pitch at least 200-innings for the second straight year. From 2007-2012, he reached the 200-inning mark.
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