Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants made history Wednesday night pitching the first perfect game in the franchise’s history.
He returned to the field an hour and a half following the game with his wife Chelsea and snapped a few photos on the mound, posed for photos with the workers who tore it down for the dirt to be sent to the Hall of Fame.
Matt Cain struck out a career-high 14 batters and threw for 125 pitches as the Giants defeated the Houston Astros 10-0. It was the 14th no-hitter in the club’s history and 125 pitches is the most ever thrown in a perfect game.
“This is incredible right now,” Cain said. ”It was unbelievable. The guys did a great job making it, in a way, kind of relaxing, because they were able to get on the board early.”
Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder’s fly-ball and made an incredible leaping catch at the wall. The excitement was clear as Cain slapped his glove in delight when Cabrera made the catch.
”Those were unbelievable catches,” Cain said. ”I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing.”
Ted Barrett became the first umpire to work behind the plate for two perfect games. He also worked David Cone’s 1999 perfect game at Yankee Stadium.
”He could put the ball anywhere he wanted,” Barrett said. ”He knew where he wanted to throw it, and he threw it there. Cone had the big, big backdoor breaking ball. It was against the Expos and I don’t think they had faced him before. They were a little bit baffled by Cone’s stuff.”
Check out the scene after Cain gets the perfect game: