San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown reacts after a called third strike thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. Toronto won 4-0. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Giants waste rare Matt Cain gem

AT&T PARK — Even before Matt Cain took the mound on Tuesday night, Buster Posey knew that the vintage version of the starter would be showing up to face the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I could tell in the bullpen,” Posey said after Cain limited the Blue Jays to two runs while striking out seven over eight innings. “He was really crisp in the pen.”

The only problem is that the Giants’ bats were equally cold.

“I hate to spoil this one for all of us and him too,” Posey said after the Giants fell 4-0 in their second shutout of the homestand

While Cain’s strong showing was an encouraging sign, it’s much too soon to make any grand proclamations about the return of the struggling righty. Cain’s gem against the Blue Jays marked the first time since June of 2014 that he’s pitched more than six innings.

Thanks to J.A. Happ’s brilliant 8.2 innings of shutout ball, Cain is still searching for his first win since July of 2015.

“You’ve got your hands full with this staff,” manager Bruce Bochy said after his team scored just a single run in the first two games against the Blue Jays and three in their last four contests overall.

While it’s too soon to get too excited about Cain, it’s also much too early to hit the panic button on the flailing offense.

Just ask Posey, who’s the coldest Giant of all, mired in an 0-for-18 slide.

“I’m definitely not exactly where I want to be, but I feel like looking back over the last few games, I’ve hit some balls on the nose … a fraction of a difference on the bat or ball, it’s driven in the outfield. So, just keep on going.”

Right now, that’s all the Giants can do.Bruce BochyBuster Poseykarl buscheckMatt CainMLBSan Francsico GiantsToronto Blue Jays

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