JA Happ (4-6, 4.54) vs Matt Cain (7-2, 2.41)
History was made in San Francisco tonight, but not for the reasons the Astros would like. Giants starter Matt Cain threw a Perfect Game as the Giants blanked the Astros 10-0. It was only the 22nd Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history. The Astros dropped to 26-36 with the loss.
*JA Happ was not good at all tonight. His line says it all. 3.1 IP / 11 H / 8 ER / 1 BB / 5 K. His season ERA now balloons to 5.33. Cruz also gave up 2 ER in 1.2 innings of work, pushing his season ERA up to 7.40. Cedeno was the only Astros pitcher who escaped unscathed, with 2 innings of work allowing only 2 hits and no runs. Happ drops to 4-7 on the year with the loss.
*I don't normally show the opposing pitchers line, but check out Matt Cain's. 9 IP / 0 H / 0 R / 0 ER / 0 BB / 14 K.
*The Astros have now struck out 27 times in the past 2 games, and drawn only 1 walk in that span.
*The strikeout victims: Altuve (3), Wallace (3), Schafer (2), Lowrie/Martinez/Bogusevic/Snyder/Happ (1).
*The only Astro who didn't strike out tonight was Chris Johnson.
*How odd is that? The guy that loves to swing and miss goes 0 for 3 without striking out.
*Not much else to see here. The Astros saw 125 pitches on the night and did nothing with them. Hats off to Matt Cain for a spectacular game.
No real turning point in this game. As it turned out the Giants were a sure thing from the moment Matt Cain took the mound.
Man of the Match:
I know it is supposed to be an Astro here, but how do you not give it to Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Only the 22nd Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history. Congratulations, Matt. Well done.
Goat of the Game:
As good as Matt Cain was...that's how bad JA Happ was.