An uncharacteristic start from ace Matt Cain has left the San Francisco Giants in unfamiliar territory to start this postseason run.
Cain gave up home runs to Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce for the first earned runs he has ever allowed in the postseason, and the Giants find themselves trailing a playoff series for a change following a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NL division series on Saturday night.
Cain was a reliable workhorse during the Giants' run to the World Series title two years ago, allowing no earned runs in 21 1-3 innings. That was a big reason why San Francisco never trailed in a series on the way to beating Atlanta, Philadelphia and Texas for the franchise's first championship since moving West in 1958.
But Cain was unable to outduel Cincinnati's patchwork pitching staff after starter Johnny Cueto left with back spasms just eight pitches in. Sam LeCure pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, scheduled Game 3 starter Mat Latos allowed only a ...