Matt Cain Hurls One-Hit Shutout as SF Giants Win Emotional Home Opener

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 13, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13:  Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park on April 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants delivered a magical home opener behind a one-hit shutout from Matt Cain

The millions given to Cain in an extension look more and more like money well spent, as the Giants handily disposed of the Pittsburgh Pirates on a cool, crisp day in San Francisco, 5-0.

The day started with an emotional moment when the son of Bryan Stow threw out the first pitch. Fans were given a treat, as the Giants fan who was brutally beaten a year ago at Dodgers Stadium was seen on the stadium's big screen. 

He spoke only three words: "Good luck, son." That is when Stow's 13-year-old son, Tyler, tossed the pitch to open up AT&T Park for 2012, via Sporting News.

It would be a bit greedy to ask for a win after such a touching display, but that is exactly what fans who were lucky enough to gain entrance received. 

Cain was magnificent through nine innings, striking out 11 batters and only allowing one hit. The star pitcher was nearly perfect on a day that really was. 

That lone hit may be cause for the slightest bit of frustration in a great home opener. It came in the sixth inning against the Pirates' pitcher, James McDonald. 

That would be career-.069-hitting James McDonald, if you are keeping score at home. 

While the Pirates may have issues with an anemic offense, the Giants had no such problems on Friday, knocking in five runs on eight hits and largely breezing through a beautiful day. 

McDonald only made it six innings and change before he was yanked for Tony Watson. Giants fans can direct applause to Melky Cabrera, who went 2-for-3 on the day, and Aubrey Huff, who also chipped in with a two-run homer to seal the deal in the eighth.