In the present period of Major League Baseball, when strikeouts are rampant, the fact that Matt Cain of the Giants struck out fourteen hitters can be printed nowhere close to the entrance page of any newspaper besides on the West Coast. A few more details of that game from 5 years ago, nevertheless, stay unmatched even today.
For instance, those fourteen whiffs accounted for more than half of the batters Cain confronted that day, and 4 of them came towards future batting champion Jose Altuve. Retiring all 27 batters in the Houston lineup could mean just one thing, which is that on that day Matt Cain pitched an ideal game.
A uncommon feat for certain, an ideal game had only been accomplished 20 times before that 2012 season, and Cain's was just the 22nd in baseball history. Remarkably, just weeks before, right hander Philip Humber of the White Sox hurled a perfect game for Chicago towards the Seattle Mariners.
Although Humber managed to whiff former Most Valuable Player Ichiro Suzuki, the Chicago starter ended with 5 fewer strikeouts than would Cain during his perfect game. In truth, Humber came near losing his flawless battle in the bottom of the ninth, when he went to a full count on of the three hitters in that inning earlier than getting each to swing and nba??
The truth that two good games had been thrown in the identical season, as remarkable as it was, didn't nonetheless set a record. Just two years earlier than in 2010, Main League Baseball had witnessed two good games in the same season. Imagine it or not, those two pitching gems occurred in the identical month, just just a little over two weeks apart.
On May 9 Oakland left hander Dallas Braden retired all twenty seven Tampa Bay hitters, managing just six strikeouts in a game that took just over two hours to complete. Exactly twenty days later Roy Corridoraday of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a one against the Florida Marlins, putting out eleven hitters within the 1-0 victory.
Thus the almost not possible feat within the 2012 season had already been achieved years earlier, but on August 15 Felix Hernandez made it indeed a historical year. The ace of the Seattle Mariners had a flawless outing towards the Tampa Bay Rays, the same workforce that had been victimized by Oakland's Dallas Braden just years before.