|Matt Cain - Celebrating his perfect game vs the Houston Astros|
Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press
On Wednesday night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain hurled the 22nd perfect game in major league baseball history. No hits, no walks, no errors. In the historic pitching outing against the Houston Astros, Cain also tied the record for most strikeouts (14) in a no-hit baseball game.
Of course, baseball is a team sport, and while a perfect game requires remarkable pitching, it also takes some damned impressive fielding. The pressure builds on the team's defense as the game progresses, but the Giants' stepped up to the challenge. Melky Cabrera snagged a deep drive at the wall in the 6th inning, and in the top of the 7th, Gregor Blanco sprinted into centerfield to make a spectacular diving catch that kept Cain's perfect game in tact.
You can see the highlights from Cain's perfect game here, including the phenomenal plays of Cabrera and Blanco. Let the video play, and you'll also see the final pitch of the game, which resulted in a tough grounder to Joaquin Arias at third base and his tension-filled throw to first that ended the game.
Congrats to Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants on the first perfect game in the team's 130-year history.