Last night in San Francisco, Matt Cain became the 22nd pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game. It was the Giants first in franchise history.
Cain struck out a career high 14 batters, matching Sandy Koufax for the highest strikeout total in a perfect game. Koufax’s was September 9, 1965.
The Giants righty faced the Astros pitcher, J.A. Happ, just once in his perfecto and sat down position players for the other 26 outs.
It’s a moment in baseball history that will never be forgotten and it happened to a guy that could have been an Oriole.
As first pointed out by @levineps on Twitter, Cain was drafted 25th overall in the 2002 MLB Draft. He’s a two-time All-Star, World Series champion who has now thrown a perfect game and was selected 21 picks before the Orioles chose right handed pitcher Adam Loewen.
As those in Baltimore know, Loewen suffered a stress fracture in his elbow in 2007 and has been transitioning into a big league position player ever since. He played in Blue Jays system last season and is currently with the Mets.