SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Carpenter has no explanation for the sudden turn of events, other than a little bit of luck and a lot of aggression.
Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him Sunday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco.
“I wasn’t as sharp as I was, for some reason, for the first three innings and it just kind of fell apart,” Cain said. “I don’t know that they changed anything. I just started making some bad pitches and they put good swings together.”
The Cardinals chased Cain (0-1) while scoring nine times in the fourth inning. The last two runs came home on Carlos Beltran’s single off reliever Jose Mijares.
“He was great the first time through the order and then I thought we did a good job the second time being aggressive,” Carpenter said. “Guys were battling up there and things started to roll for us and a couple of balls fell in. We did a good job of swinging at good pitches.”
According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York’s doubleheader against Brooklyn.
“It’s one of those innings we couldn’t stop the bleeding and the game got out of hand there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I can’t say there was anything different he was doing. They just threw out some pretty good at-bats.”
Adam Wainwright (1-1) pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits for his first win since signing a rich new contract at the end of spring training. He struck out six and walked none.