The Giants picked a good evening to invite a national television audience into their cozy waterfront home. Fans around the country got a good glimpse of how things work around here.
They saw clutch hits, rabid fans, the end of a series sweep within the division, the closer shooting his finger into the sky and, of course, the late-inning angst that forces even the steeliest fans to bring an extra pair of undergarments just in case.
The only novelties in the 4-3 victory against the Dodgers were the lack of a Giants comeback and the name of the winning pitcher: for the first time in 2013, Matt Cain.
"Good for Matty," manager Bruce Bochy said after gasping through a three-run Dodgers eighth. "I know it's 'a' win, but it took a while. It's good to get that off his back."
Make no mistake, Cain felt the darn thing climbing on his shoulders, not merely because of his record, but also the runs and homers he allowed in a winless April.
"It wasn't something I was proud of," Cain said. "I just didn't pitch well for the guys, and I needed to step it up."
Which is what the Giants have done since their five-game losing streak.
With Cain going 7 1/3 innings and allowing one run for the rotation's first win in two weeks, and Hunter Pence driving in all four runs, the Giants won their sixth consecutive game with another sweep. In fact, just 31 games into the season, the Giants have swept all four of their National League West foes.
They also won their fifth in a row against the Dodgers since Clayton Kershaw shut them out on Opening Day.