Cain tosses MLB's 22nd Perfect Game


Cain tosses MLB's 22nd Perfect Game


SAN FRANCISCO The Giants announced a sellout crowd of 42,298. Many, many more will claim they were there on this cool Wednesday night.

Matt Cain, already an All-Star, a beloved Giant and a decorated postseason hero, grooved his name ever deeper into franchise lore. The stoic rock of the staff became the first Giant in the franchises 129-year history to throw a perfect game.

Houston Astros pinch hitter Jason Castro hit a ground ball to third base, Joaquin Arias nearly stumbled as he heaved a throw across the diamond and Brandon Belt exploded off first base as Cain and the Giants became immortal in a 10-0 victory at AT&T Park.

Cain, normally such a square-jawed gunslinger on the mound, punched the air, catcher Buster Posey leapt into his arms and Belt had the presence of mind to tuck the baseball in his back pocket before joining the emotional pile in front of the mound.

Gregor Blanco made the greatest of several defensive plays, nearly sporting a cape as he made a full-extension dive in deep right-center field to preserve perfection in the eighth.

The historic start came three hours after Cain swung a golf club in part of a pregame promotion at AT&T Park. The accomplished golfer, who plays in the annual AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, looked into the stands to get permission from GM Brian Sabean before gripping a Taylor Made driver and sending a power fade into McCovey Cove.

Sabean turned his head and didnt watch, lest the right-hander wrench his back. He didnt.
Starting pitching report

Cains fastball was pinpoint, his curveball tumbled and his changeup, an ever-important pitch in his arsenal, simply disappeared.

He struck out 14, besting his previous career high of 12 set as a 21-year-old fireballer in 2006.

He pitched the 14th no-hitter in Giants history and the 22nd perfect game in major league history.

Bullpen report
Nobody unbuttoned a jacket.

At the plate

Cain found a way to overshadow one of the Giants best offensive games at AT&T Park in years. Melky Cabrera hit a two-run home run in the first inning, Brandon Belt hit a two-run shot in the second and Gregor Blanco lifted one into the arcade after Cain led off the fifth with a broken-bat single.

The Giants entered this series with six home runs in 32 home games. Theyve hit five in two games against the Astros staff. Houstons J.A. Happ became the first pitcher to serve up multiple home runs in a game at AT&T Park since San Diegos Mat Latos did it Sept. 14 of last season. (Not to make you weep, but Carlos Beltran hit both of em.)

The Giants had three homers with runners on base. They entered this series with just one of those at home all year.

Belts homer came one day after he hit his first of the season. Both of them have come against left-handed pitchers.

Belt also hit an RBI single and every Giants starter but Angel Pagan got a hit.

In field

There was no shortage of circled plays in the scorebook. It took a village of perfection behind Cain, beginning with Melky Cabreras leaping grab at the warning track in the sixth inning when Chris Snyders well struck drive somehow stayed in the ballpark.

Blanco made the grab of the year, racing back and toward center field, then laying out to catch Jordan Schafers drive to start the seventh inning. The sellout crowd, fully aware and alive, met the moment with the loudest ovation this ballpark has seen since the World Series.

It didnt end there. Giants manager Bruce Bochy took out Pablo Sandoval to start the seventh inning, inserting Brandon Crawford at shortstop and moving Joaquin Arias to third base. Both infielders made contributions in the eighth; Arias made a nice play on J.D. Martinezs slow roller, then Crawford, who has had his hiccups this season, backed up and waited for the right hop on Chris Johnsons grounder up the middle. Crawford made a clean pickup, exchange and throw to end the inning and get Cain within three outs of perfection.

Arias steadied his legs just in time to get his final throw across the field in time for the game's final out.

Well, 42,298 folks have ticket stubs to prove it.

Up next
The Giants finish their series with Houston on Thrusday. Itll be left-hander Barry Zito vs. left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss


SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.

The win snapped the Mets' four-game losing streak. They had lost seven of eight.

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.

Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits.

After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits.

All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.

Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.

Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.

Cespedes' ninth homer of the season highlighted a six-run second inning in which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate.

Cespedes had a double in the sixth that highlighted a three-run inning.

In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs.

He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season.

Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop and he said he wants to be traded. Cabrera had three hits Friday night.

The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept. 28, 2014. The Mets started Jose Reyes at shortstop against San Francisco on Friday night and Wilmer Flores at third.


Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. The infielder was the 59th overall selection in this year's draft. . The Mets also signed their third- and fifth-round picks, OF Quinn Brodey and 1B/OF Matt Winaker (both from Stanford). . Brodey signed for a $500,000 bonus and Winaker for $280,000.

Giants: LHP Bryan Morris was designated for assignment and Steven Okert was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (separated left shoulder) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. . Utilityman Eduardo Nunez went on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. The Giants activated 3B Conor Gillaspie (back spasms).


Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 394 ERA) has allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his last two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension for his involvement in a May 29 benches-clearing brawl with Bryce Harper and the Nationals. Harper originally was suspended for four games before winning his appeal and served a three-game suspension. 

But the player who has lost the most amont of time came sprinting from first base trying to break up the melee. 

Michael Morse clashed heads with Jeff Samardzija and went crashing down. He has been out since with concussion symptoms and revealed Friday he barely remembers anything from the fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

After missing nearly a month of games, Morse feels much better, though effects from the concussion are still there. Every day Morse goes to Stanford for testing and therapy and still deals with lingering symptoms like dizziness once he raises his heartbeat and headaches. 

If Morse ever joins the reeling Giants is a question in itself. 

San Francisco currently has the second-worst record in baseball at 27-48 behind only the Phillies and have already started to shift to younger players. No matter, the 35-year-old Morse wants to be a part of the team. 

"You know me," Morse said to reporters before Friday's game. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm a happy-go-lucky guy. I'm happy to be with these guys. They're going through such hard times.

"I want to be with them, if not on the field, then off the field, helping them mentally if not physically."

In 24 games this season, Morse is batting .194 with just one home run. If his time has come to an end, the one home run was one to remember. 

Morse, in his first game back with the Giants since 2014 launched a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on April 26. The fan-favorite raised his hands at the crack of the bat, bringing back memories of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS.