San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain tossed the 22nd perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball, but this might just have been the greatest one ever.
Cain struck out 14 batters to tie Sandy Koufax, when he achieved perfection in 1965. In addition, Cain’s Game Score was 101, which also ties Koufax for the highest ever in a perfect game.
The next highest was Randy Johnson’s perfect game in 2004 when he reached 100, while the highest ever was Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game in 1998 when he achieved 105.
Game Score is a statistic that rates pitchers’ starts (usually from 0 to 100) based on innings pitched, runs, hits, strikeouts and walks. The average Game Score is between 49 and 50.
Most tweets were congratulatory.
CONGRATS to.Matt Cain and all Giants fans..great historic achievement for a Great Pitcher
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk_ESPN) June 14, 2012
Congrats my friend and teammate Matt Cain. Perfection! Amazing. Had one of the best seats in the house. So honored!!!
— Jeremy Affeldt (@JeremyAffeldt) June 14, 2012
That was ….well…perfect! Congrats to Matt Cain. His perfect game is the first in GIANTS franchise history. #sfgiants
— Amy Gutierrez (@AmyGGiants) June 14, 2012
Proud to call Matt Cain my teammate. One of the best moments of my baseball life n I didnt even play. Couldnt have happened to a better guy.
— Shane Loux (@shaneloux) June 14, 2012
What a beautiful game. Congrats 2 Matt Cain & a historic franchise & city. A special memory ill tell someones kids about!#eraofthepitcher
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) June 14, 2012
— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) June 14, 2012
Congrats to Matt Cain with his perfect game. Was awesome to watch congrats
— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) June 14, 2012
— Denard Span's Beard (@BeardOfSpan) June 14, 2012
But, of course there were a few jokesters.
Congrats to Matt Cain for throwing a perfect game against Double-A Houston last night.
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) June 14, 2012
BREAKING: Pacquiao-Bradley judges have decided that Matt Cain gave up 7 hits last night
— Evil Mike Tomlin (@EvilMikeTomlin) June 14, 2012