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Matt Cain strikes out 11 in one-hitter against Pirates

Apr 13, 2012, 7:36 PM EST

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Matt Cain was nearly perfect in the Giants’ home opener this afternoon against the Pirates. And that’s no hyperbole.

After allowing five runs over six innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks in his season debut on Sunday, Cain bounced back this afternoon by tossing a one-hitter as part of a 5-0 victory. He struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter in the gem.

And wouldn’t you know it, the only baserunner came on a single by opposing pitcher James McDonald with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Baseball sure is a funny/cruel game sometimes.

Don’t worry, Cain is pretty used to this whole “close, but no cigar” thing by now. This was his third career one-hitter and his fifth career shutout. One of these days.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    It was against the Pirates though.. if it wasn’t for the Padres the Pirates would be the worst hitting team in the majors.

  2. redguy12588 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I think we need a national “Hug a Pirates fan” Day

  3. beaverdam21 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Does anybody remember who S Strasburg faced when striking out 14 in his much hyped major league debut?

  4. shanabartels - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Cain’d

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