Matt Cain has talked openly of his lifelong dream of throwing a perfect game. It’s no longer just a dream.
Cain threw the first perfect game in the Giants’ long and storied history Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 14 in a 10-0 victory over the visiting Houston Astros.
With plenty of help from the lineup and a couple of stunning plays from his defense, Cain sailed into the ninth inning.
Brian Bogusevic and Chris Snyder flied out for the first two outs of the ninth, and as the sellout crowd held its collective breath, Cain got pinch hitter Jason Castro to ground out to third to clinch the perfect game.
Cain’s perfect game was just the 22nd in major league history and second of the 2012 season. Chicago White Sox right-hander Philip Humber threw a perfect game on April 21. It was the first no-hit performance by a Giant since Jonathan Sanchez no-hit the San Diego Padres on July 10, 2009.
Matt Cain is 6’3″ and 235 lbs of corn-fed country boy from Tennessee. In high school they called him “Big Sugar.” Last night he went 9 full innings and faced the minimum of 27 batters.
That’s 27 batters, 14 K’s, no walks, no errors, no HBP, no hits, no runs. He threw 125 pitches (35 balls, 86 strikes). He even got a hit.
The Giants signed him to a five year contract extension in April, making him the highest paid right-hander in the league.