I missed the first third of Matty's gem today as I spent my morning chasing the elusive perfect powder turn at Mt. Ashland Ski Area. It was a damn fine morning on the mountain, and it was a damn fine ballgame from Matt Cain. The numbers are spectacular: only 28 batters, 11 strikeouts, zero walks, three three-ball counts, 19 first-pitch strikes, 19 swinging strikes, one hit, zero runs, nine innings, Game Score 96. He was in command from start to finish, needing 106 pitches to get it done. Cain retired the first 17 batters before giving up a single to James McDonald, the Pirates starting pitcher. Big day once again from FNG Melky Cabrera who sure knows how to win over new fans. Aubrey Huff had a bomb and three runs batted in, always nice to see. As long as they get production from first base I'm happy, I don't care if it takes all three of them. The Giants have scored 38 runs, the most in the West. But we all know this is a pitching and fielding team (Brandon Crawford made another great play today on a barehand throw to get Andrew McCutchen), and that was made quite clear in Arizona. Two big starts in Colorado and two big wins, a big start at home and another big win. It is great to see the offense show life and I hope they keep it up all year. But this team will win when they pitch well and avoid mistakes. It's early, not all the parts are quite working, but things will start to gel soon. I have a good feeling about 2012.
Congratulations to Matt Cain on his third one-hitter and perhaps his best career start. Nothing like dazzling the home crowd after your big payday, Matty me boy. Maybe they can love you even more than they already do.