Hours before the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, on Tuesday, starting pitcher Johnny Cueto went live on Instagram from the clubhouse.
During the stream, Matt Cain appeared. He was naked from the chest up, and holding what appeared to be a giant sex toy. (NSFW link here)
And maybe, just maybe, that public appearance was exactly what the Giants needed to avoid matching their franchise-worst streak for most consecutive losses.
Matt Moore bounced back from a rough outing in Colorado to throw seven innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out six.
His offense hadn’t given him much breathing room, either. The Giants didn’t get on the board until the eighth, when rookie Austin Slater followed a pair of poor defensive plays by the Braves with a three-run home run to right. The San Francisco lineup would add another two runs before the frame was complete. Meanwhile, the Atlanta defense committed three errors.
“For seven innings, it was quiet,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters about his squad’s offensive production. “Their guy was throwing the ball very well and we couldn’t mount anything against him.”
That guy was Julio Teheran, who finished 7.1 innings in a tough-luck loss.
He was propped up by a pair of runs in the third, the only inning when Moore struggled.
Moore entered the contest with the worst ERA on the road in Major League Baseball — he’d allowed 38 earned runs in 37 innings pitched. But there was a factor working in his favor by being away from AT&T Park: The game was played at a temperature consistently over 70 degrees.
“I felt good, being in the warm weather was nice,” Moore explained to reporters. “I think it helped me gets me feeling looser a little quicker.”
The win was a welcome change of pace for the Giants, who were 4-40 when playing from behind after the seventh inning this season.
“It’s a big win,” Bochy said. “When you get in the rut that we’ve been in, get a couple good comebacks in Colorado that didn’t hold on, this is big for the boys — for their psyche and morale.”
The Giants will look to continue with those positive vibes today with game-three of their four-game set with the Braves. They’ll be seeking their first series win of June.