Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Game Wrap 6/13/2012: Giants 10 Astros 0; Matt Cain Pitches a Perfect Game!
There have been many special nights at AT&T Park since it opened in 2000. Tonight ranks right up there with the best as Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in the entire history of the Giants franchise backed by an unusual outpouring of run support and the usual tremendous defense that the Giants have become known for. Key Lines:
Gregor Blanco- 2 for 5, HR(4), BA= .280. Blanco also made a sensational catch in CF, that's right, CF coming all the way over from his RF position running at full speed with his back to the ball, he laid out at the last second to bring it in landing on the dirt of the warning track. Blanco has been nothing short of miraculous since joining this team. If you didn't see him in the interview with Matt and Buster after the game, you really missed something special. The guy has a smile that just won't stop. You can tell he loves the game and is loving every minute that he has to play it.
Ryan Theriot- 2 for 4. BA= .260. I think Theriot has nailed down the 2B/2 hole position for the forseeable future.
Melky Cabrera- 2 for 5, HR(5). BA= .367. Every time I think Cabrera is cooling off, he comes up with a game like this. Sign Melky!
Buster Posey- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .294. Buster called a perfect game!
Pablo Sandoval- 3 for 4, 2B. Pablo broke out of his mini-slump after returning from the DL. Woo-hoo! Watch out for this offense!
Brandon Belt- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB. BA= .238. Speaking of watching out for this offense.....! Belt is heating up!!
Matthew Thomas Cain- 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K's. ERA= 2.18. My eyes misted over a bit as I typed his name. I can't say this game was a surprise. I think every one of us has believed Matt Cain has the ability to pitch a no-hitter and even a perfect game almost since the day he broke into the major leagues. He's taken several into the 7'th inning. He's pitches several 1 hitters. I believe we are now witnessing the prime of Matt Cain's career, or maybe we aren't! He is still getting better, after all. His current line stands at 8-2, 2.18, 95 IP, 16 BBB, 96 Ks'! I expect to see an article on Fangraphs tomorrow explaining why his xFIP proves he is going to regress or else scratching their heads about why he just keeps getting better rather than regressing. Ha! Take THAT Fangraphs!
The Giants record now stands at 36-27. The Dodgers lost to the Angels 2-1 allowing the Giants to move up to a 3.5 game deficit in second place in the NL West. They now lead Atlanta by 2 games for the top Wild Card playoff spot.
Barry Zito tries for the sweep of the 'Stros tomorrow afternoon facing Wandy Rodriguez.
I believe there is a growing feeling among Giants fans that this is a special team. With Pablo Sandoval back and Brandon Belt finally heating up, it has the capability of becoming an offensive force to back up the already sensational pitching. Tim Lincecum is the final missing piece to a dominant team and I think that's going to happen too.
More than it being a special team, I feel like we are in the midst of a special era of Giants baseball that could go on for several more years if not more than a decade. Just think about that for awhile.
Oh, and one last thing. Just 3 words:
Matthew Thomas Cain!