Matt Cain threw nine innings of shutout baseball. He also only gave up two hits. He threw a six pitch inning. He finished the game at 91 pitches.
Matt Cain is a no-hitter waiting to happen. Because Matt Cain.
But then Bruce Bochy had to go and have Hector Sanchez pinch hit for Cain. Which, okay, fine. It’s a Bochy move, for sure. Frustrating nonetheless.
Cliff Lee went 10 innings and put up zeros in the runs column. Yeah. 10 innings. Which goes to show what kind of a game this was.
In the top of the 11th, the Phillies had a chance with Carlos Ruiz hitting a double and Freddy Garcia moving him over. Then the Giants got the outs and went to the bottom of the 11th and they were saying that there was a chance.
Antonio Bastardo (cue Beavis and Butt-head laughter) came on to pitch and struck out Brandon Crawford. Maybe not so much of a chance.
Then Brandon Belt got on base and was ready to save us all.
Angel Pagan hit one to Ty Wigginton, who of course, committed an error and funtiemz were had by all.
Not-Jonathan Sanchez Melky Cabrera hit a liner into the outfield that scored Belt.
And in about 2 hours and 30 minutes, the Giants played 11 innings of baseball. Crazy, huh?
There’s also this:
Matt Cain: 18 innings, 3 hits. Still can’t quite comprehend that.
— 8th Inning Weirdness (@8thInnWeirdness) April 19, 2012
Matt Cain, I love you.