Perfection happened again. Just when the game appeared chock-full of no-hitters and perfection, one of the game's best took the mound and threw another gem onto the ever-evolving pages of baseball's record books.
Matt Cain's perfect game on Wednesday in a 10-0 decision over the Astros was not only eye-popping in that it was the first perfecto in the 130 years of the Giants' organization. Nor was it startling just because Cain's perfect game was the 22nd in Major League history, the 277th no-hitter of all-time or the second that came in a 14-strikeout performance (Sandy Koufax, Sept. 9, 1965). Cain's run at perfection was baffling because it was the fifth no-hitter and second perfect game in a season in which it seems perfection can come on any night.
In the span of 13 days, we have seen the Mets accomplish a franchise first when Johan Santana helped celebrate the club's 50th season by tossing a no-hitter against the Cardinals. Seven days later, the Mariners' pitching staff pieced together the rare combined no-hitter -- the 10th in Major League history -- as six pitchers shared the workload against the Dodgers. Then came Cain's perfection.