It was a beautiful evening at AT&T Park Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants took on the Houston Astros, one that would end in Black and Orange history before the night was done. Not only did the not-so-powerful Giants smash three more home runs, Matt Cain made baseball history by throwing a perfect game
Cain was on a roll from the get-go this evening, tossing a carrer-high 14 strikeouts as part of his amazing outing, while a pair of miraculous catches on the warning track from Melky Cabrera and Grergo Blanco aided Cain's perfect cause into the ninth inning.
Houston's Brian Bogusevic popped out to left field for the first out of the ninth inning, followed by the same from Chris Snyder for the second out. Jason Castro was their last chance, grounding out to third base to finish of the historic night.
It was the 14th no-hitter tossed by a Giant and the first since Jonathan Sanchez did it July 10, 2009 against the Padres. It was also the 22nd perfect game thrown in MLB history.
All three homers came as two-run blasts from Melky Cabrera in the first inning, Brandon Belt in the second and Gregor Blanco in the fifth. It was Belt's second bomb in as many at-bats, brining the total to five dingers over the last two games for San Francisco. Belt and Blanco each added another RBI on the evening, while Pablo Sandoval added two more RBI's to his list. All-in-all the Giants amassed 15 hits and a season high 10 runs.
Full box score can be found here.
The Giants go for the series sweep on Thursday as Barry Zito takes on Wandy Rodriguez. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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