So apparently it’s OK for Matt Cain to hit a golf ball into the bay as part of his pre-game preparations.
Doing a comedy bit for late night television doesn’t work as well.
But at least both pre-game activities produced wins.
On Monday afternoon, Cain recorded the Top 10 List for Light Night with David Letterman. Then Monday night, he posted his ninth win of the season, beating the Angels 5-3.
Cain labored through five innings, leaving after throwing 100 pitches and a 4-3 lead. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks. He also struck out four.
The Giants added a fifth run in the top of the sixth. Then relief pitchers Shane Loux, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affedlt and Santiago Casilla combined for four perfect innings to complete the win.
Not the best Cain effort. Not even a quality start, as he only threw five innings. But with some timely hitting and solid relief, it was a win.
Last week, with the U.S. Open being held in San Francisco, Cain got permission to hit a golf drive into McCovey Cove prior to his start against the Astros. Then he went out and threw a perfect game.
The perfecto led Cain, who was voted NL Player of the Week, to record a spot for Late Night. To watch Cain’s appearance on Late Night, click here.
If you want to just read Matt Cain’s Top Ten Things I Want To Achieve Now That I’ve Thrown a Perfect Game, here they are:
- No. 10 … Throw a perfect game with my other arm.
- No. 9 … Convert the mound into an organic vegetable garden.
- No. 8 … Discover a cure for groin pulls.
- No. 7 … Open my dream salon.
- No. 6 …. Catch a line drive with my mouth.
- No. 5 … Fix the economy … just kidding. That’s impossible.
- No. 4 … Pitch an inning without my pants.
- No. 3 … Appear on Jay Leno’s “Ten at Ten.”
- No. 2 …. Throw a hole-in-one
- No. 1 … Win the contest to replace Regis Philbin
Barry Zito faces C.J. Wilson at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday in Anaheim. With the way Zito has been throwing lately and how Wilson has pitched this season, expectations are a bit low for the Giants. But since they are coming off a loss when Madison Bumgarner pitched (and pitched well), the Giants need to counter that by winning a game that Zito starts.