The Giants had a rough road trip, we all know that. Only a few days ago, we celebrated when Barry Zito put a stop to a three game slide by throwing his first shutout since 2003. But we knew that the rest of the rotation would come around: yesterday, Bumgarner carried a no-hitter through the sixth inning, and today Matt Cain retired the first 17 batters he faced in order, all until James McDonald--the pitcher, mind you--poked a single out to left field. After McDonald, Cain retired every other batter he faced. But it wasn't just being a one hit shutout that makes it memorable; it's that Cain controlled the game from the very beginning. His final line: 1H, 11K, 0W. The team's ERA slides from 5.58 to 4.73. A few more games and it might even be respectable.
Bumgarner and Cain are up to speed. We'll get a better idea of where Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, and Tim Lincecum are over the next three starts.