Cain dissatisfied despite upping pitch count vs. A's

Lincecum still dealing with sore neck; Romo expected to debut Sunday

Cain dissatisfied despite upping pitch count vs. A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Matt Cain added durability but not much else Saturday during the Giants' 5-2 exhibition loss to the A's.

Making his second Cactus League start, Cain allowed four runs and six hits, all singles, in 1 2/3 innings. He said he threw 44 pitches, far exceeding the 20 he threw last Monday against the Dodgers. That should get Cain closer to being able to throw 90 pitches, the approximate number he'd need to complete six innings -- which will suffice at the start of the regular season.

But though quantity wasn't lacking, quality was.

"I didn't make some pitches I wanted to," Cain said. "I didn't do my job today."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was much more upbeat.

"I feel really good about how he threw today," Bochy said.

• Bochy said the condition of right-hander Tim Lincecum's sore neck hadn't changed. In this case, that wasn't good.

"He's about the same," Bochy said Saturday. "I can't say he's made a lot of progress. We're hoping to have better news tomorrow."

Lincecum endured the discomfort for one inning in last Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee. He allowed three hits and three runs.

• Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong didn't seem overly concerned after allowing three third-inning runs to the Arizona D-backs in the Giants' 5-2 loss Saturday night, mainly because he could identify the source of the problem: his curveball.

Vogelsong admitted that he hung curveballs to Nick Ahmed, who singled to lead off Arizona's third, and to Mark Trumbo, whose two-run single capped the surge.

"I have some stuff to clean up," said Vogelsong, who's tentatively expected to pitch long relief but will fill a spot in the rotation if any of the existing starters experience injury or ineffectiveness. "Other than those two breaking balls, I'm happy with the way it went. ... If I was spraying all four [pitches] all over the place, I'd probably have a little issue."

• Bochy indicated right-hander Sergio Romo will make his Cactus League debut in Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Romo, San Francisco's top right-handed setup reliever, has been hampered for much of the spring by a sore throwing shoulder. But he twice threw freely to hitters in recent batting-practice stints, suggesting he's ready for competition.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.