Last night history was made at AT&T Park. Pitcher Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in Giant’s baseball history, and it’s only the 22nd time in the history of the league.
27 year-old Cain has flirted with no-hitters before but never been able to seal the deal. Wednesday night against the Houston Astros he had the right stuff. Throughout the nine-inning game "The Horse" struck out 14 batters, a career high matching Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. Not only was the pitching at a remarkably high level, but also the Giants finally found their bats scoring 10 runs.
In the Giant’s 129-year history, tracing all the way back to their days in New York, a perfect game has never been thrown. A reason for this lapse could be that while a no-hitter depends solely on the pitcher, a perfect game is much more of a team accomplishment because their can’t be any fielding errors. In the seventh inning Giant’s right fielder Gregor Blanco made a terrific diving catch in the gap to keep the perfect game alive. In postgame interviews Cain and others pointed to this catch as a momentum swing that had everyone believing a no-hitter was possible. For more baseball news and pictures check out our new MLB Club!
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