Pitching gem is lost for Cain as Giants struggle at the plate
PAINFUL LOSS: BONDS HURTS TOE IN THE OUTFIELD
SAN DIEGO — Barry Bonds and the Giants are limping to the finish.
Bonds sprained the big toe on his right foot after leaping for a ball at the wall in the second inning Saturday night. He was replaced in the bottom of the third and is expected to miss the next two or three games, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.
With or without Bonds, the Giants had no kick against fill-in starter Brett Tomko and the San Diego Padres in a 6-0 loss at Petco Park.
Matt Cain took another unfair loss despite one of his most brilliant performances of the season, holding the Padres to one hit over six innings. Adrian Gonzalez accounted for the hit, sending a deep drive to the wall in left field that Bonds attempted to catch. A fan appeared to reach over with his glove and interfere with Bonds, who came down hard on his right leg and tumbled into a barrel roll.
Bonds went for X-rays, which were negative, and wasn’t available to speak with reporters. He told Cain that the ball was in his glove.
‘‘He felt someone knocked it out of there,’’ Cain said. ‘‘I’ll take his word for it. I wouldn’t think he’d make something up.’’
Yet Bochy didn’t argue for a ground-rule double. Gonzalez ended up with a triple and scored on Khalil Greene’s sacrifice fly.
That was the only run allowed by Cain (7-15). Still, he became just the sixth Giants pitcher since 1985 to lose 15 games in a season.
Two pitchers on that list were in the ballpark Saturday. Padres Manager Bud Black lost 16 in 1991. And Tomko was a 15-game loser for the Giants in 2005.
Tomko hasn’t fared much better since then. He was 2-11 with a 5.80 ERA when the Los Angeles Dodgers designated him for assignment earlier this month. But he dominat- ed over six shutout innings while facing another of Bochy’s curiously old lineups.
Prior to the game, Black said he was hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Tomko.
‘‘I think that can qualify,’’ Black said.
The Padres improved to 11-3 against the Giants this season. They clinched another series victory; they have won all five series against Bochy’s club this year.
The Giants are guaranteed a losing record for the third consecutive season — something they haven’t done in three full seasons since 1983-85.
Cain has a 2.38 ERA in four starts against the Padres this season, including a pair of one-hit outings, but the Giants are 0-4 in those games. Cain has limited the opposition to one hit in three starts this season, yet he didn’t win any of them.
‘‘All the guilt is on us,’’ shortstop Omar Vizquel said. ‘‘Not only Cain but the other pitchers too. . . . Our biggest concern is the offense. We’re not doing much in the little game. Cain is pitching his (butt) off, but it’s not just him. It’s a collective struggle to score runs.’’
At least Cain, who has two starts remaining, cannot match Ray Sadecki’s San Francisco franchise record of 18 losses. He still could become the first 17-game loser since Dave LaPoint for the 100-loss team in 1985. Contact Andrew Baggarly at email@example.com
A fan in San Diego appears to reach over with his glove and interfere with Barry Bonds, who came down hard on his right leg and injured his big toe.