SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain has been looking for the results he had in last season's second half, not a disappointing first half. On Monday, Cain turned the clock back even further.
Cain, the only pitcher in franchise history to throw a perfect game, didn't allow a base runner through five innings of the Giants' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He struck out seven of 15 batters to walk to the plate before hitting a predetermined pitch count.
"He was really sharp, hitting all his spots," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He executed all his pitches from the first inning on. It was nice to see him have those easy innings and command the ball well. Just a great effort by him."
In eight spring innings, Cain has allowed just one base runner. Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum are also working on spring shutouts.
"It's been something we all just kind of felt, even when we came into FanFest," Cain said. "The guys are just motivated, and they don't want (2013) to happen again."
Like Bumgarner a day before, Cain even picked up a single at the plate. As he ran down the line, he playfully stared into the home dugout, searching for Bumgarner.
"He was bragging about his hit," Cain said. "I just got lucky. (Jeff Samardzija) threw one into my swing."
"It became a zoo like normal," Cain said. "If you want to get TV time, just stay near him."