For a team that “tortures” its fans, last night had to be the most torturous. Every fan was on their feet last night as Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants’ history and the 23rd in Major League History. Cain needed 125 pitches to complete his perfecto and struck out 14 Houston Astros in a 10-0 Giants victory.
The label, “torture” was handed down to the San Francisco Giants for their lack of run support, however last night everything was clicking for the Giants, the team scored 10 runs for a pitcher that only needed one run. Cain even got into the act as he went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Cain now joins the White Sox’s Philip Humber, the Angels’ Jered Weaver, the Mets’ Johan Santana and the Seattle Mariners’, in the no-hitter club, and is the second perfect game this season (Humber vs Seattle). The five no-hitters are already more than were thrown all last season. At this rate, there is also a chance that 2010’s total (six no-hitters) could be beat by next month’s All-Star break.
Christy Mathewson, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, and most recently have thrown no-hitters for the Giants, none of them a perfect game. Cain now has a record of his own-Perfection.
With the win, the Giants improved to 36-27 and are currently the National League’s leader for the top wild card spot. San Francisco also moved to with 3.5 games of the first place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
As for Cain, he ran his record to 8-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.18 in his perfect outing. Cain is next slated to pitch on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.
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