The celebration is on at AT&T Park. Tonight it was 27 up and 27 down for Matt Cain as he pitched the first Perfect Game in San Francisco Giants’ 130 year franchise history against the Astros. This is most certainly the year of the pitcher as it feels like nearly every week someone else throws a no-hitter or Perfect Game but this still doesn’t take away from his accomplishment. It may surprise you but not all Perfect Games are the same. ESPN made a pretty convincing case that this may have been the greatest pitching saying,
You can make the argument that this was the greatest game ever pitched. Of the 22 perfect games in MLB history, only Sandy Koufax matched Cain’s 14 strikeouts. Using the Bill James Game Score method, this ties Koufax and Nolan Ryan’s 16-strikeout, two-walk no-hitter for the second-highest nine-inning score at 101, behind only Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout, one-hitter that scores 105.