The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is still underway in Kansas City and the National League is up big (8-0 as of this writing), thanks in large part to the damage that the four Giants starters did early on.
Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one, while flashing the skills that made him a logical starter. But don't think he wasn't nervous about it.
"It’s right up there with all of them," Cain said. "It’s definitely right up there with all of them -- there’s all the nerves, all the pressure, and all the excitement. That was a thrilling two innings right there."
Of course, it helped that he got a big lead early, thanks in large part to his teamates.
In the first inning, the
Giants National League posted five runs. The first was scored by Melky Cabrera, who singled and scored when Ryan Braun doubled to deep right.
Joey Votto struck out, but Carlos Beltran (hey Giants!) and Buster Posey both walked, loading the bases for Pablo Sandoval. Panda promptly tripled -- yes it's his first of the year -- to deep right, scoring another three runs. Dan Uggla then scored Sandoval on an infield single in the next at-bat.
Melky wasn't done, though. In the fourth inning, the potential MVP candidate stepped up to the plate with Matt Holliday on first and smoked a ball to deep left, hitting a home run against the team that traded him to the Giants in the offseason.
The Kansas City crowd gave Melky the reverse Robinson Cano treatment (read: BOOO!), so it's been a pretty sweet All-Star Game for the Melkman.
And the same goes for all the Giants, one of whom is likely in line to win the MVP award -- Melky is probably the best candidate, though Panda does have the most RBI right now.