The Giants won, allowed no runs and then traded for Freddy Sanchez. It was a whirlwind. The only thing good that can come of it is if Tim Alderson, the AA pitcher the Pirates got in the one-for-one swap turns out to be a dandy.
Matt Cain tossed nine scoreless innings. But the Giants were unable to push a run across against his All-Star replacement, Zach Duke. Cain allowed three singles and two walks. Duke went seven and gave up six singles while walking just one.
In the 9th, Eugenio Velez singled and later scored on a single from Randy Winn. That came off of Matt Capps and made a winner of Brian Wilson, who tossed a scoreless 10th inning.
Having traded Jack Wilson and Ian Snell earlier in the day, the Pirates return to Pittsburgh looking like a much different ball club than when they left.
I like the 2009 version of Zach Duke.
I can’t stop talking about the offense.
Farewell, Jack and Freddy. Their jerseys and jersey t-shirts are sure to be discounted when I’m in Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks to see a couple of games.
Cain came into the game with a 4.65 career ERA against Pittsburgh. That represented the worst career ERA for him versus any opponent against whom he had thrown at least 30 innings.