Matt Cain went out fittingly: He had a brilliant start, received heaps of love from San Francisco Giants fans, and didn’t receive the win.
In his final start before retirement, Cain threw five shutout innings, allowing three total baserunners and striking out four.
The offense failed to muster more than two runs, Reyes Moranta gave up Cain’s victory and Sam Dyson blew a save to allow the San Diego Padres to win, 3-2.
According to the Giants:
Matt Cain has received 109 no-decisions in his career, which ranks as the third-most of any pitcher since 2005…Cain left with the lead in 44 of those 109 games.
But the loss wasn’t the most important story of the day. That would be Cain and a farewell to a city and team that loves him.
Kerry Crowley, of KNBR, caught the moment he walked off the mound for the last time at AT&T Park:
Matt Cain steps away. One of the most important Giants to ever put on the uniform. pic.twitter.com/TDSekmX5BG
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) September 30, 2017
Cain got emotional in the dugout as his teammates congratulated him on an incredible career, one that spans 2,085.2 innings, 1,694 strikeouts and more than 30 wins above replacement.
And don’t forget three World Series rings. The Horse shared this bittersweet moment with Madison Bumgarner after walking off the field, courtesy of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Madison Bumgarner was waiting for Matt Cain at the end of the dugout: pic.twitter.com/W3EN77zSPx
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 30, 2017