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Baseball roundup: Freiman powers River Cats past Zephyrs

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From page B2 | June 24, 2014 |

Two homers from Sacramento’s Nate Freiman were the difference as the River Cats defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs, 4-2, on Monday at Zephy Field.

The Cats (45-33) took an early lead on Freiman’s first home run and Tyler Ladenforf’s sacrifice fly in the second inning, but the Zephyrs (41-37) wasted little time tying things up.

Sacramento went ahead for good in the top of the seventh, when Ryan Ortiz made it 3-2 with a run-scoring single.

Freiman’s second homer in the eighth provided the final margin and gave him a PCL-best 68 RBIs on the season.

River Cats reliever Paul Smyth got his second win of the year and Evan Scribner nailed down his team-leading 10th save.

Sacramento and New Orleans were scheduled to complete their series on Tuesday (9 a.m.) with the Cats back home on Thursday night.

Padres 6, Giants 0: At San Francisco, Matt Cain and his $127.5 million contract proved to be no match for a Cuban defector making his major league debut for San Diego.

Cain allowed six runs in 7 1/3 innings to drop his third straight decision and the San Francisco Giants hitters were shut down by Odrisamer Despaigne in a loss to the Padres on Monday night.

“He’s human. I’m sure he’s frustrated,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the struggling Cain. “I can tell you he’s probably getting a little tired of it. He gives you all he has every game he pitches, and he did (Monday). We couldn’t get any runs for him. It was a better outing but I’m sure it’s wearing on him.”

Cain (1-6) gave up three runs in the fourth and three more in the eighth and has only one win in 12 starts this season as he struggled to pitch up to his lucrative contract.

“I’ve been throwing the ball good but I haven’t been making the pitch that I need to here and there to shut down an inning,” Cain said. “I need to do a better job of doing that. I think everything else will work itself out but I’ve got to make those pitches.”

Cain has also been hurt by a lack of support as the Giants have scored just six runs in his past five starts.

They couldn’t even come through against Despaigne, who was called up earlier Monday to replace the injured Andrew Cashner despite posting a 6.03 ERA in seven minor league starts in his first season as a professional.

But Despaigne (1-0) was outstanding in seven innings against the Giants. He kept batters off-balance all game by changing his arm angle and mixing in big, slow curveballs with his harder pitches. He allowed four hits and became the seventh pitcher in the past 100 years to throw at least seven scoreless innings with no walks in his first career start.

Despaigne had the element of surprise in his favor as the Giants had not even seen him pitch in spring training.

“At this point in the year you’ve kind of seen everything but he was just on,” said right fielder Hunter Pence. “He was locating, he had the ball moving a lot of different directions. He threw me pretty much everything. He didn’t really leave too much over the plate. I think he just mixed it up the whole game.”

The Giants lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

Neither team had a hit in the first three innings before the Padres got to Cain in the fourth. The rally started when Everth Cabrera reached on a one-out infield single and advanced to third on Seth Smith’s single.

One out later, Yasmani Grandal hit a drive to right-center that initially appeared to clear the wall for a three-run homer. But Pence immediately signaled that a fan interfered on the play and ran toward the umpires to protest.

The umpires called for a video review and the play was changed to a double with Smith being sent back to third base even though he most likely would have scored easily from first on a two-out hit to the deepest part of the stadium.

Padres manager Bud Black ran out of the dugout to challenge the ruling and was immediately ejected by crew chief Brian O’Nora.

“I just thought the logical thing to do was have Smitty score,” Black said. “I was in disbelief when they placed him at third base.”

The call became moot when Tommy Medica followed with a two-run double to make it 3-0 as Cain struggled once again.

The Padres tacked on three runs in the eighth with an RBI single by Cabrera, a run-scoring double to Smith and a throwing error by Pence.

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