Matt Cain tossed nine perfect innings of baseball on Wednesday, defeating the Astros 10-0 in front of a sold out crowd at AT&T Park. It was the first perfect game in 128 years of Giants baseball.
After a great catch in left field by Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning, and an even more amazing diving grab by Gregor Blanco in deep right-center in the seventh, the night was set up to be nothing short of special.
"Those were unbelievable catches," Cain said. "I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing."
And when asked about how he kept his composure, Cain responded with, "I have no idea… I really don't."
'Composure' might certainly be an understatement. Cain's effort Wednesday night will go down as possibly the greatest perfecto in Major League history considering his 14 strikeouts. That's right 14. The only other player to have that many K's in a perfect game was Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers in 1965.
"It's unspeakable right now… It's part of history. Something I'll remember forever and ever," said Cain to the MLB Network crew following the final out.
Cain's wife, Chelsea, was in the stands on the verge of tears while watching the last out and was able to come down to give her hubby a big congratulatory kiss following Matt's post-game interviews. Her joy exudes from the fact that it's not only Cain's first no-hitter and first in Giants' history, but it's only the 22nd perfect game in the history of baseball. It was a great picture to see such love following a such a mile-stone moment.
It's continuing to look like one of the greatest pitching years baseball has ever seen. Phil Humber of the White Sox threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history in Seattle on April 21. It's the second time in three years there have been two perfect games in the same season; the last time that happened it was 1880. It's also the fifth no-hitter already this season, and we're not even half way through.
The last no-no for the Giants was on July 10, 2009 when Jonathan Sanchez tossed his gem against the Padres.
And don't count Cain out in regards to producing another historic moment. He's come close to two other no-hitters this year already. In his team's home opener on April 13, he only gave up one hit to the Pirates, and in a game against the Phillies earlier this year he only gave up two hits over nine innings.
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