The San Francisco Giants are headed back to the playoffs again this year. It’s the third straight year for the Giants, who last won the MLB title in 2010. The Giants won the MLB title against the Texas Rangers in 2010, which also will be back in the playoffs this year. The Giants’ return trip to the playoffs isn’t the only accomplishment of which the team has to be proud this year. Regardless of what happens with the Giants, fans and the team can look back this year and smile knowing the team also earned its first ever perfect game this year.
The Giants’ first ever perfect game came this year on June 13th at the team’s home stadium, AT&T Park. For once, the number thirteen proved to be good luck, as the Giants would dominate the Astros 10-0 over the course of nine innings. Both teams would end up going scoreless in the last half of the game. But thanks to the pitching of Matt Cain and the team’s impressive fielding work, all the Giants would need would be the first five innings. Melky Cabrera would strike first in the bottom of the first inning with a home run that would bring in both himself and team mate Ryan Theriot. Theriot had just gotten on base after a ground ball single to left field. Cabrera’s homer sealed the inning for the Giants.
Things only got better for the Giants in the bottom of the second inning as Brandon Belt would also score a two run homer. Belt’s homer also brought in Pablo Sandoval after Sandoval led the bottom of the inning with a fly ball single to Right Field. Joaquin Arias came up to bat next, knocking out a fly ball deep to center field for a double. Ground outs by Cain and fellow team mate Gregor Blanco would allow Arias to bring in run number three for the Bay area boys.
The Giants would be relentless as they headed into the bottom of the third with two more runs. One Melky Cabrera would score one of the runs after a line drive single to Center Field by Sandoval off of Astros pitcher J.A. Happ. Sandoval’s hit also sent catcher Buster Posey to third. Posey had originally hit a double on a deep line drive down the Left Field line. Posey went on to score after a ground ball single to Right Field by Belt. Both Belt and Sandoval were left stranded after both Cain and Blanco struck out.
While Cain struck out, he kept showing his skills on the mound, keeping the Astros at bay for yet another inning in the fourth. That would allow the Giants to open the team’s already seven run lead again with one more run by Ryan Theriot. Theriot got on base with a line drive single to Center Field off of the Astros’ J.A. Happ. Buster Posey’s line drive single to Center Field sent Theriot to third. That, followed by Angel Pagan taking a walk to first, and a hit by Sandoval allowed Theriot to score and open the Giants’ lead to 8-0.
The Giants followed up that run with what would be the last two of the game in the fifth off the pitching of the Astros’ Rhiner Cruz. Matt Cain finally got on base with a ground ball single to Left Field. Gregor Blanco followed Cain’s hit with a two-run home run to seal the inning. Those two runs would be the only ones for the Giants. But they would be enough to seal the game for the Giants. The Astros’ defensive unit finally came to life in the sixth, holding the Giants scoreless from there on. But after having scored ten runs in five innings, that defense proved to be too little too late. The Giants went on to win on both its batting lineup and Cain’s pitching. The team hit a total of fifteen hits and ten runs. Now whether one is a Giants fan or a fan of the country’s greatest game in general, fans can re-live this greatest game any time as it’s now available on DVD. It can be ordered direct via MLB Productions’ website, http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13117893.
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