National League Game Summary - Houston at San Francisco|
(Wednesday, June 13th)
Final Score: San Francisco 10, Houston 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cain became the first pitcher in the
Giants' long history to twirl a perfect game, retiring all 27 Astros he faced
in dominating fashion Wednesday.
Cain (8-2) recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts, matching Sandy Koufax for the
most punchouts in a perfect game, while the San Francisco offense pounded out
15 hits in a 10-0 rout.
It was the 22nd perfect game in Major League history and second this year. The
White Sox's Philip Humber accomplished the feat on April 21 against the
The Giants now have 14 no-hitters in their history -- six since moving to San
Francisco. Jonathan Sanchez was the last to do so on July 10, 2009 against the
Cain threw 125 pitches in the masterpiece and was backed by quality defense,
along with a plethora of offense, along the way.
Gregor Blanco went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, but will most be
remembered for a sensational diving catch along the warning track in right-
center in the seventh inning.
"I don't know how [Blanco] caught that ball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy
Brandon Belt also had two hits, a home run and drove in three, while Pablo
Sandoval went 3-for-4 while knocking in a pair for the victors.
San Francisco's season-high output was obviously overshadowed by Cain, who now
has 15 career complete games and six shutouts but was never more perfect than
he was Wednesday.
"First time through the lineup, I felt like I had good stuff and was able to
locate the ball where I wanted to," Cain said at the postgame press conference
with an ice pack on his right shoulder. "I felt like something could happen."
Jordan Schafer had Houston's best chance at reaching base early on, but his
ground ball leading off the fourth barely bounced foul by the first-base bag.
Schafer later struck out, and the Astros' next quality swing came with one out
in the sixth when Chris Snyder smoked a ball to left field that nearly cleared
the fence. But Melky Cabrera, who also hit a two-run homer, caught it just in
front of the Budweiser decal on the wall to keep the perfect game intact.
Blanco's grab in the seventh one-upped Cabrera's, as he tracked down Schafer's
gapper to right with a dead sprint and timed his dive perfectly in front of
the warning track. Before he hit the ground, the ball landed at the top of his
glove, and he held on as he slid toward the wall.
"The coaches told me to play a little more towards the gap," Blanco recalled.
"I was aware what was going on, and I said to myself I have to catch it."
Cain, who signed the richest contract for a right-handed pitcher in MLB
history earlier this year, ran the count full to Jed Lowrie two batters later,
but came through with a strikeout to end the inning.
After throwing 103 pitches through seven frames, Cain needed just 11 to get
through the eighth, then induced a pair of flyouts to left to open the ninth.
Jason Castro was Cain's final victim, and the pinch-hitter's inside-out swing
nearly handcuffed Joaquin Arias at third. Arias backpedaled near the outfield
cutout and double-clutched before firing a perfect strike to Belt at first,
sending the AT&T crowd into a frenzy.
Cain was mobbed by his teammates at the mound and was treated to a beer bath
as he made his way to the clubhouse.
J.A. Happ (4-7) was on the opposite end of the spectrum from Cain, lasting
just 3 1/3 innings and surrendering eight runs on 11 hits en route to his
fourth straight losing start.
Cabrera made it 2-0 with a home run in the first inning, and Belt added a two-
run shot of his own to straightaway center in the second.
Arias doubled and scored on a Blanco groundout later in the second, and the
Giants tacked on two more on RBI singles by Sandoval and Belt in the third.
Happ was mercifully pulled with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Rhiner
Cruz limited the damage to Sandoval's run-scoring fielder's choice.
Blanco tacked on a moonshot, two-run blast to right field in the fifth.
Cain singled prior to the blast, something none of the Astros could say they
did against him.
Cain, who was 1-3 with a 4.69 ERA in seven previous appearances against the
Astros, has won a career-high tying seven straight starts and lowered his ERA
to 2.18. He has 10 career double-digit strikeout games...The Astros were no-
hit for the fifth time...This is the second time in three years there have
been two perfect games in the same season. The only other time that happened
was 1880...There have been five no-hitters in the majors already this
year...Koufax fanned 14 Cubs in his perfect game on September 9, 1965...Belt
has gone deep in two straight games after going homerless in his first
49...The Giants are 14-6 against left-handed starters this season...San
Francisco goes for the three-game series sweep on Thursday with Barry Zito
toeing the rubber opposite Wandy Rodriguez.
06/14 01:58:54 ET