Breaking Down Matt Cain’s Perfect Game

Posted: June 14, 2012 by Rob Barros in MLB, Sports
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Last night, we witnessed history. San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history in a 10-0 rout of the Houston Astros. You can argue that Cain threw one of the best games in history, striking out 14 and being locked in all night long. In Cain’s 125 pitches, 86 of them were strikes, as he was pounding the zone all night with his fastball change-up, and curveball. Whatever he needed to throw, he hit the spot Buster Posey called for him. Cain’s 14 strikeouts were the most thrown in a perfect game since Sandy Koufax did it in 1965 against the Cubs. Cain’s 125 pitches were the most thrown in a perfect game in MLB history, and of those 125 pitches, 86 of them were strikes. To say he was dialed in would be an understatement.

In every perfect game, there are a few big plays that happen, and there is always that one huge play made that lets you know, it is happening tonight. That play happened in the 7th inning. But, before we get to that, there were a few close plays that happened that need to be mentioned. In the top of the 4th inning, Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer ripped a foul ball down the first base line that was just that, foul. Replay showed that the ball was barely foul, and the perfect game was still intact. Cain would later strike out Schafer in the at-bat. Then in the 6th inning, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera made a running catch on a deep fly ball from Chris Snyder, and there was the first big defensive play. Then came the 7th inning, once again it was Jordan Schafer at the plate, this time he hit a deep fly ball towards center field and it looked like it would end the perfect bid for Cain, but right fielder, Gregor Blanco came racing in to make an unbelievable catch and, once again, the perfect game was intact. Cain would strike out the next 2 batters and he was perfect through 7.

The next 2 plays I will mention aren’t as spectacular, but just as important. In the 8th inning, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made a seemingly routine play on a ground ball, you could see it was play that could give anyone trouble, but a play that needed to be made. Crawford secured the ball, and threw it first baseman Brandon Belt for the final out of the inning. Finally, in the 9th inning, on the final out, third baseman Joaquin Arias secured a ground ball that took a last second hop, and made a perfect throw across the diamond to Brandon Belt, and history was made. The Giants mobbed Matt Cain, and the 22nd perfect game in MLB history is in the books. It is already the 2nd perfect game to be thrown this season (Philip Humber) and the 5th no-hitter.

To wrap this up, congratulations to Matt Cain on what really was a perfect game.

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