There are two levels of no hit games in professional baseball. There’s a standard no-hitter, which is very hard, and a perfect game, which is one of the most difficult feats in baseball. A no-hitter means no one gets a hit, but a perfect game means that 27 batters go up and 27 batters fail to reach the base by any means: hits, walks, hit batters, balks, or anything else. The Giants have gone their entire franchise history without being involved in a perfect game until last night; the Giants were founded as the New York Gothams in 1883. Matt Cain threw a perfect game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, blanking the Houston Astros 10-0 in the process.
“This is incredible right now,” said Cain a half-hour after the game, “I think it’s starting to settle in right now a little bit. Being able to celebrate with the guys in the clubhouse a little bit and enjoy it for a second. That was something that, obviously, I’m never ever going to forget.”
If the perfect game was not enough, Cain also struck out 14 batters. That’s over half of the 27 total batters Cain faced. That’s a career high for the World Series champion and all-star pitcher. Even Hall of Fame Giants pitchers like Juan Marichal and more modern players like his battery-mate Tim Lincecum haven’t thrown perfect games.
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