Cain roughed up by Reds, Giants clobbered after long rain delay

Cain roughed up by Reds, Giants clobbered after long rain delay


CINCINNATI -- Matt Cain has never looked worse on a major league mound, although he didn't feel as bad as the final score suggested.

Cain was rocked for nine runs, matching the most he has allowed in the big leagues, and Jose Peraza drove in a career-high four runs in the first four innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the San Francisco Giants 13-3 on Friday night.

Cain (2-1), a 32-year-old veteran of 13 seasons, allowed 10 hits and threw 78 pitches in 3 1/3 innings. Five of the six batters he walked scored, and his ERA rose from 2.30 to 4.70. San Francisco pitchers walked 12 in all, the team's most since Sept. 24, 2011, against Arizona, and the Giants fell to an NL-worst 11-19.

Twelve walks are the most drawn by the Reds since getting 13 on April 23, 2006, at Milwaukee.

"We laid off a lot of tough pitches early and made Cain work," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We had a lot of good at-bats. Everyone in the starting lineup was on base twice."

While admitting the walks were "ugly," Cain felt victimized by some bloops and seeing-eye hits.

"It was close," he said. "It was closer than it looked. That's part of the game - the tough part of it. That's something you'd like to see on our side of it. You've got to manage your way through it."

Eugenio Suarez had three hits and three RBIs, and Billy Hamilton scored four runs for the Reds, who had 16 hits and stole five bases against Cain and catcher Buster Posey. Cincinnati scored in each of the first six innings and won for the fifth time in six games, including three in a row.

"Matty wasn't on top of his game holding runners on," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Buster didn't have a chance on any of them. It's one of those nights where they did everything right."

Bronson Arroyo (3-2) gave up three runs - two earned - and five hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Making his sixth start since coming back from elbow and shoulder operations that caused him to miss two seasons, the 40-year-old right-hander threw a season-high 95 pitches.

"It was 100 percent better," Arroyo said. "The arm felt normal today. I could have gone back out there. I threw 95 pitches and felt good. The rest of my body is catching up. I can do the normal things now."

Joey Votto hit a sacrifice fly and Suarez and Peraza had RBI singles as Cincinnati opened a 3-0 lead in the first.

Peraza extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning RBI single. He singled leading off the third, stole second and scored on Hamilton's single.

Christian Arroyo homered in the second, cutting the Giants' deficit to 3-1.

Cain twice allowed nine runs against St. Louis, on April 18, 2008, and April 7, 2013.

For the second consecutive day, rain delayed the start of the game, this time by 1 hour, 50 minutes. The combined delay time was 2 hours, 46 minutes.


The Reds ("Los Rojos") and Giants ("Gigantes") wore jerseys with Spanish-language versions of their nicknames in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Christian Arroyo hit his second-inning home run off of fellow Brooksville, Florida, native and Hernando High School alum Bronson Arroyo. Christian was three days old when Bronson was drafted in 1995. They are not related.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto is expected to make his next start on Sunday against his former team. Cueto hasn't missed a start despite dealing all season with a blister on his right middle finger.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani has started throwing lightly - 60-70 feet on flat ground, Price said - while coming back from a strained right oblique. Cingrani went on the 10-day disabled list on April 21.

Giants: Rookie LHP Ty Blach (0-1, 2.55), who replaced injured Madison Bumgarner in the rotation, is to make his third start of the season Saturday.

Reds: Rookie LHP Amir Garrett (2-2, 4.50) seeks his first win in four starts since April 12. A blown save cost him a win Monday against Pittsburgh.

No. 79? No. 53? Before they were stars, Giants wore random numbers


No. 79? No. 53? Before they were stars, Giants wore random numbers

SCOTTSDALE — A couple of veterans walked past a clubhouse TV earlier in camp and saw that the Giants and Padres were tied heading into the bottom of the 10th of an exhibition game. The Padres infielders were just standing around, and there was not yet a new pitcher on the mound. 

“It’s that time when No. 99 comes in to pitch,” one of the players joked as he headed home for the day.

A few seconds later, a big left-hander took the mound. He was, in fact, wearing No. 99, and in his inning on the mound he would face a No. 74 (Aramis Garcia) and No. 78 (Steven Duggar). This is the norm for spring training, when dozens of players — including teenagers and journeymen still hanging around the low minors — get into every game. That leads to action between numbers you would never see in a normal game. The Giants had 60 players in camp, plus 10 coaches and staff members with numbers. Throw in their 10 retired numbers and the unofficially retired ones (25, 55, etc.) and, well, there aren’t a whole lot of choices left. 

If Duggar makes the Opening Day roster, he’ll get an upgrade from his lineman’s number. Ditto for Garcia, who could be Buster Posey’s backup as soon as next season. Still, a taste of big league action doesn’t guarantee a normal number in camp, when young players regularly find themselves back at the end of the line. 

Ryder Jones wore 83 in camp last year and 63 in the big leagues. When he showed up this year, with 150 big league at-bats under his belt, he was told that he would have to wait until the end of the spring to upgrade. Players with more service time (think No. 2 Chase d’Arnaud or No. 19 Josh Rutledge) get priority, at least until all the cuts are made. Jones said he has a few numbers in mind for his next stint in the big leagues, but he won’t be picky. 

“Anything under 40 works,” he said, smiling. 

The steady climb toward single digits happens to just about everybody. Long before Brandon Crawford’s became @bcraw35, he wore 79 in his first camp. He moved up to 53 after that and Mike Murphy flipped that to 35 when Crawford became the big league shortstop. Hunter Pence doesn’t remember his first spring training number with the Astros, but he knows it was in the low eighties. Joe Panik wore 66 the first time he spent a spring at Scottsdale Stadium. “I was an offensive lineman,” he joked. Tyler Beede, now on the cusp of his big league debut, got promoted from 63 to 32 when he arrived last spring, only to swap to 38 this year because of some in-season shifting. When Pablo Sandoval arrived last summer, Steven Okert switched from 48 to 32.

Then there are those who have only known one jersey. Posey was a can’t-miss prospect when he arrived and doesn’t remember wearing anything other than 28. Brandon Belt was a top-25 prospect when he came to camp for the first time, and he’s been 9 since that day. Madison Bumgarner wore 40 in his first big league camp because he had already made his big league debut, but somewhere in the team archives, there are probably a few photos of a 19-year-old Bumgarner wearing something else. 

“The previous spring I came up to pitch a few times,” Bumgarner said. “I’m pretty sure I had a different number every time I came over and I’m pretty sure it was always in the eighties.”

There were seven Giants in the eighties this spring. Duggar was one of two top prospects — Chris Shaw inherited Crawford’s old 79 — to come close, and he didn’t mind one bit. He’s not thinking too far ahead, even though he could be a big leaguer in eight days. 

“I’ll take anything if I’m in the big leagues,” he said. “I’ll take No. 112 if that’s what they give me.”

Will Clark says Steven Duggar can play 'Gold Glove center field right now,' trusts the bat too


Will Clark says Steven Duggar can play 'Gold Glove center field right now,' trusts the bat too

Will Clark won his first and only Gold Glove at first base for the Giants at age 27 in 1991. It was Clark's sixth year in the major leagues. 

Steven Duggar won't have to wait that long to win the biggest hardware for his defense in Clark's eyes. 

"He can play Gold Glove center field right now in the big leagues. He can flat out go get it in center field," Clark said on the Giants' prospect Tuesday on KNBR. "He can definitely, definitely play a Gold Glove center field." 

Clark, who now serves a role in the Giants' front office after playing in five straight All-Star Games for his former team from 1988-92, has watched Duggar closely for more than just this spring training. When asked about his feelings on the 24-year-old, Clark made them clear right away. 

"I've seen Steve parts of the last two seasons in the minor leagues and I am definitely a Steven Duggar fan," Clark said. 

The question with Duggar has always been his bat. He has elite speed, gets great jumps in center field and everyone from Bruce Bochy to Buster Posey has praised his ability to track down fly balls. 

"His thing is, how quick is he going to make the adjustment in the big leagues with the pitching. I know there's a lot of people that are asking that question right now," Clark. 

Count The Thrill as one of the leaders in Camp Duggar. He joined many others in complimenting his glove left and right. But what he has to say about the Clemson product's bat is what puts him over the top. 

"He's succeeded at each level he's been at," Clark pointed out. "He will do it at the major league level and I'm kind of staking my reputation on that."

This is confidence -- to say the least -- coming from someone who was a .303 lifetime hitter and bashed 284 home runs in 15 seasons. 

Over three years in the minor leagues, Duggar is a .292 career hitter with a .384 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage. Duggar started off scorching hot this spring with the Giants, but has cooled down with the Cactus League soon coming to a close. In 16 games, Duggar is slashing .250/.353/.545 and has shown more pop with four home runs.