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MIA@SF: Cain pitches eight innings of two-run ball

Pablo Sandoval's move to the disabled list Thursday not only left the Giants without their biggest offensive force from last season, but it also left manager Bruce Bochy with an even less-experienced lineup.

Though replacement Conor Gillaspie gives up less than a year age-wise to Sandoval, he had started just two games at third base prior to this season. That's not exactly a comforting thought given the fact the Giants have made 29 errors this season.

"We are young, and with that, they probably make a few more mistakes," Bochy said before the Giants' 5-2 victory Saturday. "Guys like [Brandon] Crawford, Gillaspie and [Brett] Pill, the staff spends more time with before games. You have to be a little more patient. The bottom line is all about winning. We've had injuries but with the pitching we have, we always have a chance to win."

Sunday starter Matt Cain has done exactly that, turning in four consecutive quality starts. The only problem is, Cain has gone just 1-2 in those four outings despite allowing just five combined runs over 32 1/3 innings of work.

The Giants don't have to look very far to find another team dealing with injuries and adjustments, though. A quick look across the diamond Sunday and the Giants will see a team in the Brewers that has suffered a rash of injuries over the past week in the midst of a nine-game road trip.

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez became the fourth Brewer in as many games to suffer an injury Saturday when he left after hurting his right knee sliding into second base. He and outfielder Carlos Gomez (strained hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list Sunday, joining first baseman Mat Gamel (torn ACL), who went on the DL after sustaining his injury Tuesday.

"It's still a really good team." Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We still can do some really good things this year. We'll see where Alex is when he gets the [MRI] on Monday and what the plan is with him. We'll have to figure out, if it's long term, how we replace him for a while. We just move on. We had to play better ball anyway. We have to get things going. It's certainly not easy when you lose the people you lose."

Brewers: Marcum hoping to duplicate last start
With last Thursday's off-day, manager Ron Roenicke decided to skip fifth starter Marco Estrada's scheduled start and bump each of his other four starters up a day to pitch on normal rest -- meaning Shaun Marcum will take the bump in Sunday's series finale.

Marcum likely has no problem waiting one fewer day to get back on the mound, considering he tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing just three hits his last time out. The right-hander also wouldn't mind ending the wait for his second win, as he hasn't notched a victory since his season debut on April 9, despite turning in three quality starts since.

• With four Brewers players going down with injuries in the last four games -- and three resulting in stints on the DL -- Milwaukee will recall third baseman Taylor Green and shortstop Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Nashville. Both players are expected to arrive Sunday.

Along with Gomez, Gamel and Gonzalez, left fielder Ryan Braun left Wednesday's contest with a stiff Achilles tendon, but returned to the lineup Saturday.

"It's almost like we should go out there in bubbles right now," said pitcher Randy Wolf, who took the loss Saturday. "It's crazy."

Giants: Huff to play left field upon return
Aubrey Huff, who hasn't played since April 21, will be eligible to come off the disabled list Monday. Bochy said he plans to start Huff in left field upon his return from dealing with anxiety disorder.

Huff started just four games in left field compared to six at first base prior to his stint on the disabled list. He's hitting just .182 (6-for-33) with one home run on the season.

"If he's ready to go, we'll activate him," Bochy said before Saturday's game. "Left field is the plan for him right now. It's a matter of when we think he's ready and when he feels he's ready."

Huff's return will leave outfielder Nate Schierholtz, mired in a 1-for-25 slump over his last 11 games, fighting for playing time. Schierholtz hasn't started a game since Tuesday as it is, but Bochy said this is by no means a permanent demotion.

"He's going through his own little something right now, but he's going to find his way back in the lineup," Bochy said. "I know he will."

Worth noting
• Current Giants players, excluding pitchers, are hitting a combined .343 (12-for-25) in their careers against Marcum.

• Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez hasn't fared well against Cain, going just 3-for-18 against the right-hander.

• Since the start of last season, six of the eight matchups in this series have been decided by two runs or fewer. Comments