It’s been pretty straightforward for Matt Cain this season: When he’s not pitching at AT&T Park, he’s likely to struggle.
The big righty has had one quality start on the road this season — in April — and has allowed five or more runs in six of his 11 away outings.
That number includes Wednesday, when the Miami Marlins chased Cain after four innings, en route to a 8-1 loss for the Giants.
Only two of the five runs Cain allowed were earned, though, as the Marlins were the beneficiaries of some sloppy defensive plays: Nick Hundley committed catcher’s interference on leadoff hitter Dee Gordon, who eventually scored, and Brandon Crawford dropped a two-out line drive.
It was a rare miscue for the Giants shortstop, who has won back-to-back Gold Gloves and has committed just six errors in 100 games played this season.
Making matters worse, the San Francisco lineup had a hard time converting men on the bases into runs.
Marlins starter Jose Urena allowed seven hits and a walk over five innings, but minimized the damage to just one run, which came on an error by first baseman Tomas Telis with Crawford running down the line.
Albert Suarez took over for Cain and failed to stop the Malins’ offensive attack. In three innings of long relief, the former rotation hopeful walked three while allowing three more runs to cross the plate.
For the first time in the series, Giancarlo Stanton was kept in the park by the Giants pitching staff. And with no more games against the Marlins remaining on the schedule, the only question remaining between these two teams is if they’ll strike a deal to send the slugger to San Francisco.
Stanton cleared waivers earlier this week and is reportedly available, if the Giants or any other team is willing to take on his contract that features seven years of player options, which start in 2021, and are worth about $208 million.Bruce Bochyjose urenaMatt CainMiami MarlinsMLBSan Francisco Giants