Matt Cain entered Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 8.28 ERA on the road.
The San Francisco Giants starter lasted five innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits and two walks. The offense didn’t produce a run until the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to win, 5-2.
Chase Anderson, one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, shutout the Giants over 7.2 innings, working out of several jams.
“The double plays got us tonight,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Those are rally-killers. We just couldn’t keep it moving tonight.”
The game went wrong for San Francisco in the second, when the Brewers got to Cain for four runs on a home run and two-run double by Eric Sogard.
Giants buy low on reliever
The Giants traded for Sam Dyson, a 38-save closer for the Texas Rangers last year, before the game Tuesday.
Dyson, 29, had a solid season as a closer last year, when he carried a 2.43 ERA through 70.1 innings.
This year has been a completely different story as he’s allowed more runs in 17 games (20) than he did in 71 during the 2016 campaign (19).
The Rangers receive a player to be named later or cash in return.
If Dyson can find a way to return to his form of 2014-16, it would be a welcome addition to a struggling bullpen that carries the fifth-worst xFIP (an adjusted stat that isolates the pitcher’s performance better than ERA).
To make room on the roster, the Giants moved Madison Bumgarner to the 60-day disabled list.