Ron Chenoy, USA Today

Matt Cain Shelled in Rehab Start

If all went well in Matt Cain's rehab start he was expected to join the San Francisco club in Boston next week. Things did not go well.

Since May 27 Matt Cain has made one appearance in the big leagues, a June 13 start in which he went 3.2 innings, walked five and allowed three earned. The time leading up to that start, and the time since has been spent on the disabled list. On the comeback trail, Cain made what was expected to be his final rehab with the San Jose affiliate start before returning to the Giants rotation. 

On the road in Lancaster (Astros affiliate), Cain was absolutely lit up in his four innings of work, allowing ten hits and nine runs. He also walked three, striking out just two. JetHawks centerfielder Ramon Laureano went deep twice in the game, including a two-run shot off of Cain in the first inning. In the four innings that Cain pitched, he allowed run totals of 2, 1, and a pair of three spots. Seemingly the only bright spot was that he worked his pitch count to 93 (57 strikes), up from 73 in his last rehab start on July 8 with Triple-A Sacramento. 

Another rehabbing big-leaguer, Ehire Adrianza, had a big night at the plate going 2-for-3 with two home runs (?!), three RBI and three runs scored. The big-league performance bumped Adrianza's batting average up to .417 and he now has as many runs batted in as games played with four apiece. Adrianza played five innings at short, so his return isn't necessarily imminent, but if he keeps producing at these levels, he could return to the 25-man roster sooner than expected. 

There has been no official update on Cain's status for his scheduled start on Wednesday in Boston, but with the shellacking that he took against a High-A team last night, it seems safe to bet that Albert Suarez is going to making at least one start for the Giants in the second half. In his start against Boston early last month, Suarez went 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in the Giants 5-3 loss. 

As for the rest of the game, San Jose ended up with the loss, 13-8. Adrianza was the offensive star, but 1B/3B Jonah Arenado continued his hot second half with a 2-for-3 night of his own, driving in two, walking twice, and scoring once. In 21 games since the break, Arenado is batting .295 (hit .268 in the first half) and is on pace to at least match his power numbers from the first half, which included seven homers and 31 runs batted in. In just 88 at-bats he already has eleven doubles after totaling 14 in 246 first-half plate appearances. The downside of Arenado's approach at the plate has been in drawing walks, totaling eight in the first half and three so far in the second, leading to a relatively low .301 on-base percentage this season. 

23-year-old right-hander Tyler Cyr has yet to allow an earned run in 11.1 innings with the San Jose squad, and holds a 0.62 WHIP due to just four hits against and a trio of walks issued. Along with his 50.2 innings pitched with Augusta this season, Cyr holds a cumulative 1.89 ERA and a 0.95 ERA. The key since his promotion has been keeping the ball on the ground, with a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 4.75, which is extremely high. Granted, it is a small sample size we're working with. 

For other rehab news, check out this post from Friday afternoon regarding the timelines for Pence, Panik and Duffy. 


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