Perfection! Matt Cain tosses first perfect game in Giants history
Jordan Schafer almost ended Cain's bid for perfection leading off the seventh when he drove a ball deep to the right-center field alley. However, right fielder Gregor Blanco miraculously chased down the ball and made a sprawling catch on the warning track. At that moment, it was hard not to believe that there was something special in the air in San Francisco.
Mixing his pitches and keeping Houston hitters off balance with his off-speed stuff, Cain carved the Astro lineup inside and out. He finally ended the game by jamming pinch-hitter Jason Castro, who hit a sneaky-tough groundball to Joaquin Arias at third base, who fielded the ball to his right and made a strong throw to get Castro.
Cain's perfect game is the first Giants' no-hitter since Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter in July of 2009. The perfect game was the 22nd of all time, and second this year (after Phil Humber). It was also the sixth no-hitter already this young baseball season, and second in less than a week.
Cain got support offensively via the home run from Blanco, Melky Cabrera and Brandon Belt. San Francisco scored in each of the first 5 innings, chasing Houston starter J.A. Happ early, and the game was never close.