(Sports Network) - Matt Cain hopes to follow up on a solid season-opening
performance when he takes the mound Sunday for the San Francisco Giants in the
rubber match of a three-game set versus St. Louis.
Cain faces the Cardinals for the first time since Game 7 of the NLCS. In that
contest, Cain pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in San Francisco's 9-0 victory.
During regular season play, Cain is 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA in eight games against
On Monday, Cain fanned eight and scattered four hits over six scoreless frames
in San Francisco's 4-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Adam Wainwright, who won Game 4 of the 2012 NLCS, counters for the Cardinals.
Wainwright, who signed a new five-year contract worth close to $100 million in
the offseason, gave up 11 hits and four runs -- three earned -- in six innings
of a season-opening loss to the Diamondbacks Monday.
Wainwright has a 2-4 mark with a 3.04 ERA in eight games (6 starts) in the
regular season against the Giants. He's 1-4 with a 4.11 ERA in his career at
In Saturday's contest, Pete Kozma went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran
had two hits and three RBI to lead St. Louis to a 6-3 win.
Matt Carpenter had two hits, plated one run and scored two runs and Matt
Holliday had one hit and RBI for St. Louis, which evened the best of three
"It's a good team. We have a good lineup," Beltran said. "We have guys from
top to bottom that can do the job."
Shelby Miller (1-0), who made just his second career start, tossed 5 1/3 solid
innings, giving up two runs and four walks on four hits while striking out
four in the victory.
Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval each hit solo home runs for the Giants, who
saw starter Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) allow five runs on nine hits and strike out
six over 5 1/3 innings.
Mitchell Boggs secured the win in the ninth with his first save of the season.
"We're not quite clicking offensively, but we stayed in the game and had a
good couple chances there," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "You
always go with the history and track record of these guys. They're getting
into the flow of things."
The Cardinals split their six matchups with the Giants last season. However,
St. Louis hasn't won a season series against them since it took four of five
during the 2006 season.
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