Even reliable bullpenners Brad Hennessey and Jeremy Accardo gave up runs in the latter innings -- they, too, experienced one of those days.Still, Cain expected more from himself, and part of the frustration came from feeling solid, throwing good stuff, but with bad results. "My fastball velocity wasn't the same [as the last time he faced the A's], but I felt like I threw all four pitches a lot better today," he said. "It didn't end up showing, but I felt like I had all four pitches today. "It might have been [the high pitch count], or I might have just had a bad day -- an off day, I don't know," said the right-hander. While he was hardly pleased to see the Giants lost, Finley could finally relax after smoking -- believe it or not -- his first home run at AT&T Park after 256 previous at-bats. Finley knew AT&T Park was a gap-hitters' park and seven of his eight triples this season have been hit there, and he was wondering if the ball would ever leave the park. "I was beginning to wonder, but sooner or later it was bound to happen," said Finley, who has five homers this season. "It was a ball I've hit lots of other places and been way out somewhere else, but I just knew it would go out." Finley said Loaiza wasn't doing anything special, but he kept the Giants hitters off balance. "He was mixing in a cutter and changeup, and we were just hitting balls at people -- we were hitting 'em hard," said Finley. "They just didn't find any holes." San Francisco, now 37-38, unable to win more than three consecutive games and struggling to climb higher in the NL West standings, needs to get a streak soon. Finley still believes it can happen. "We're just waiting for that good stretch," said the veteran. "It seems like we've been treading to hold our head above water this whole season, with different guys going down with injuries. We've never had a run of people being healthy. Once we get that, that'll be our time to run." San Francisco has Monday off and begins a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at AT&T Park to conclude Interleague Play.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less