By Chandler Guadagnin
The Giants have announced that Matt Cain will take the mound for the final time today, starting against the Padres. On Wednesday, Cain announced that he would retire at season’s end.
Cain began the season as a starter, but has since moved to the bullpen due to the rocky year he has produced. This year, Cain owns a 3-11 record with a 5.66 ERA, striking out 71 and walking 48.
Originally drafted by San Francisco, Cain has spent 13 seasons with the organization, helping the team to three World Series Championships. The undisputed pinnacle of his career came on June 13, 2012 against the Houston Astros. On that day, Matt would accomplish what no other Giant had done before: pitch a perfect game.
Here’s a look at Cain’s career statistics:
Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com
The Oakland A’s try and snap a 3-game losing streak as they take on the Detroit Tigers this morning in Motown. Last night Justin Verlander picked up his 15th win of the season and Miguel Cabrera hit is 41st home run of the year as Detroit knocked off Oakland 6-2. Game time this morning is 10am, as the A’s look to avert the sweep. Oakland sits in the second wild-card spot in the American League 1/2 game behind Batimore.
The Giants magic number for clinching the National League West is 5. Matt Cain pitched 8 innings of 4 hit ball and the Pablo Sandoval hit a first inning three-run home run to stake Cain to a 3-0 lead as the Giants beat Colorado for the third straight night 7-1. Today is get-away day in the series as the Giants host the Rockies for a 12:45 start. Our pre-game show on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 comes your way at 12:15.
The San Francisco 49ers are looking to go to 3-0 as they take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in Minneapolis. Its the return of Randy Moss to the Metrodome where he starred for several seasons with the Vikings. Although his role has been a small one so far, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers know that Moss may have to play a bigger role as the season goes on. Harbaugh says he doesn’t feel he will have any problem with Moss complaining about not getting the ball.
Its a critical weekend for the Raiders. After getting blasted by Miami 35-13 last week, Oakland has to pick up the pieces against AFC power Pittsburgh this Sunday. The Raiders will need Darren McFadden to play a much bigger role than he did in Miami where the star running back accounted for only 39 total yards.
Butte College takes on Delta College in Stockton on Saturday as they look to go to 4-0. Butte is coming off of a 70-3 whipping of Shasta last Saturday. In high school football, Eastern Athletic League play begins with a marquee match-up at Asgard Yard. The (2-1) Paradise Bobcats take on the (2-1) Pleasant Valley Vikings. We will have the game on AM 1340 tomorrow night at 7:30 with our Rick Prinz pre-game coming your way at 7:15
Chico State Volleyball is off to a tremendous start and they look to continue their hot streak. The Wildcats will be hosting Sonoma State and San Francisco State at Acker Gym this Friday and Saturday. Both matches begin at 7pm. The Wildcats enter the weekend with an 8-1 record and are (2-0) in CCAA play.
The Chico State men’s and women’s soccer teams hit the road. Both squads are at Sonoma and Humboldt. The women (4-2) overall (2-2) in CCAA play will play their matches at 12:30 on Friday in Rohnert Park and 11:30 on Sunday in Arcata. The men (3-2-1) overall and (2-1-1) in CCAA play will take on Sonoma Friday afternoon at 3:00pm. The Chico men will not play Humboldt, as the Lumberjacks cancelled their season after an alcohol-related incident involving their men’s soccer team last month. All matches can be followed on the Sonoma and Humboldt Athletics websites.