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Date: June 13, 2012
Final Score: San Francisco Giants 10, Houston Astros 0
While Matt Cain's perfect game did come against the Houston Astros, it remains the best no-no of the last 10 no-hitters thrown.
Cain struck out a ridiculous 14 batters en route to his perfect game, tying Sandy Koufax for the most strikeouts in a perfect game since 1900. But even those strikes pale in comparison to Gregor Blanco's ridiculous catch out in center field in the seventh inning to save the perfect game.
ESPN provided some truly incredible stats about Cain's perfect game:
Eleven of his 14 strikeouts came on fastballs, seven of which were looking. The other three were via the changeup (2) and curveball (1).
Cain increased his velocity as the game progressed. While he maxed out at 93 mph and threw three fastballs less than 90 mph over the first six innings, Cain threw two fastballs at 94 mph in the last three innings. He didn't throw a fastball less than 91 mph in the 9th inning.
Cain used the fastball with success to all locations, throwing 66 heaters at an average velocity of 91.6 mph (fastest of the season). Cain changed eye levels with the pitch, gaining at least eight outs in each vertical location.
With two strikes, Cain mixed his up pitch selection, using each of his four pitches. Along with the 14 strikeouts, Cain got eight more outs in at-bats with a two strike count.
Cain threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 27 batters he faced (70.4 percent). With Cain ahead in the count, he was able to retire 19 of 27 batters, including 11 of his 14 strikeouts.
Cain didn't face the toughest lineup, but his perfect game remains the top no-hitter of the last 10.