National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 11
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (34-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-23), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Tanner Roark (4-4, 2.91)
San Francisco - Matt Cain (1-3, 3.52)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Cain and Tanner Roark both responded very well to a
bit of adversity last time out. The two hurlers square off on Wednesday night
when Cain's San Francisco Giants resume a four-game series against Roark and
the Washington Nationals.
Both Cain and Roark were last in action on Friday, with Cain coming back from
his second stint on the disabled list and Roark trying to snap a personal
three-start losing streak.
The right-handed Cain, returning from a hamstring strain, was in top form
early on against the New York Mets, carrying a no-hitter through five innings
in an eventual no-decision. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over
seven frames as his club picked up a 4-2 win.
"You're excited to get back out there," said Cain. "You're thinking about just
finding a good rhythm. For me I kind of recognize (the no-hitter), so I
recognized that really early."
It marked Cain's fifth straight outing without a defeat, though he has just
one win in that span. The 29-year-old is 1-3 on the year with a 3.52 earned
Roark, meanwhile, was nearly lights out as well against the San Diego Padres
in snapping his slide. The 27-year-old righty logged eight scoreless innings
of three-hit ball, fanning a career-high 11 batters and not issuing a walk.
He allowed three runs or fewer for a sixth start in a row and is 4-4 on the
year with a 2.91 ERA.
"He's been pitching like that for us all year," Nationals manager Matt
Williams said. "He continues to pound the zone with all his pitches, pretty
Cain is 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in his career against the Nationals, while Roark
will face the Giants for the first time as a starter. He has faced them once
in relief, picking up a victory.
The Nationals have won the first two contests of this series, claiming last
night's contest by a 2-1 score.
Washington got both of its runs in the fifth inning on Denard Span's sacrifice
fly and Jayson Werth's RBI single, and starter Doug Fister took care of the
Fister hurled seven scoreless innings, scattering eight hits and a walk in
Washington's seventh victory in eight games.
"Guys are playing together. We're rolling, we're playing together," said
Fister. "We've got a lot of momentum."
Brandon Hicks' ground out in the ninth inning scored a run for the Giants, who
had won five in a row coming into this series, but Rafael Soriano recorded the
next two outs to record the save and secure a tough-luck loss for San
Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner was shooting for his ninth win of the campaign and yielded the two
runs over seven innings.
Though Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon returned from a three-game
absence caused by a sore right thumb, catcher Wilson Ramos exited in the ninth
inning due to right hamstring tightness. He is day-to-day.
The Giants and Nationals split six meetings a season ago.
06/11 10:28:42 ET