The Baby-Faced Assassin outduels Matt Cain, and has done decidedly well since leaving the cabbage patch.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Cahill and Cain better never try to get sober-neither have any support whatsoever. Or maybe they just both lived up to the hype of what looked to be a pitchers duel.
And that's exactly what it was: an old-fashioned pitchers duel.
Trevor went eight full, giving up only five hits and one run, with a K/BB of 7/1. He had a career high 118 pitches, showing NewBob is not afraid to ride the hot hand (though it may have been a taxed bullpen). Cain was equally impressive, going seven innings, giving up only three hits, with five Ks and no walks. Unfortunately for Cain, Jeremy Affeldt is not Matt Cain.
Landon Powell, meet Jeremy Affeldt. After replacing Cain to begin the eighth, Affeldt served up a bag of num-nums to our backup catcher, who neatly deposited the offering into the left field bleachers.
As for the rest of the game...
With two down in the second, Aaron Rowand doubled down the line, driving in Nate Schierholtz from first, after he drew the only BB Cahill gave up. Aubrey Huff had just been caught leaning prior to the walk, so it could have been worse.
David DeJesus tried to tie things up in the bottom of the second, but Torres caught it right in front of the 388 sign. That was about the only sign of life the A's would have between the second and fifth.
After giving up another couple of two-out hits in the third, Trevor struck out the side in the fourth and got the Giants to go in order in both the fifth and sixth.
Meanwhile, Jemile Weeks continues to try to convince us it's a Wally Pip Unicorn rehabbing in Sacramento:
With his glove, making a couple impressive plays; and
With his bat, scoring the only hit Cain gave up til the sixth inning when Weeks hit a double; and
With his speed--he stole a base, and managed to run the bases really well. He managed to get into scoring position for Coco, who came through.
In fact, Weeks was the only one to get past first base versus Cain. He had two of the three hits he gave up and managed to get to third twice on him, scoring when Coco drove him in with the only other base hit.
Swooney tried to win it for us in the bottom of the seventh with a line shot down the right field line that seemed to get Vince very excited. The excitement was reserved for Korach though, and Powell in the eighth.
Enjoy the sweep, A's fans!