Meanwhile, Cain was cruising through the Padres' lineup until the sixth inning, where Brian Giles got on with a single. However, that was all the damage the Padres did to Cain that inning, and in the rest of the game.
Cain pitched a one hit shutout through the seventh, and was taken out to start the eighth because of his high pitch count. Before that, the Giants generated another run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Feliz led off with a double, and with two outs, Winn drew a walk. Vizquel hit a clutch single to give the Giants their third run and to give Cain a more comfortable lead. To be even more reassuring, Moises Alou cracked a homerun in the eighth to make the score 4-0.
Kevin Correia and Steve Kline combined to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Mike Stanton came in the ninth, even though it wasn't a save situation. Stanton allowed a single to pinch hitter Mark Bellhorn, but Bellhorn was stranded as Stanton easily got the next three batters out to seal the Giants' win.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Matt Cain earns this honor, hands down. He pitched another beautiful game, and the Giants will need him to be dominant in case their current ace, Jason Schmidt, won't return next season. Cain represents the future of this organization, and the Giants are glad to see him grow into his role.
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