Quick Hits for Saturday, April 14, 2012 (Game #8)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (1-0, 0.00) will face Pirates’ right-hander Charlie Morton (2012 debut).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Matt Cain

1-HIT WONDER...RHP Matt Cain tossed a 1-hit shutout, striking out 11 batters in the Giants’ home opener vs. Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon...Pittsburgh’s only baserunner of the game was losing pitcher James McDonald, who singled with 2 out in the 6th... Cain was the 1st Major Leaguer to throw a 1-hitter in which an opposing pitcher had the only hit since the Mets’ R.A. Dickey beat the Phillies, 1-0 on August 13, 2010 (Cole Hamels had a 6th inning single for the only hit) (Elias).

Please click here for today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Cain gave up hits yesterday.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Matt Cain, Dave Righetti, 2012

MAKING HISTORY...Cain became the 1st pitcher in the Giants’ 130-year history to throw a 1-hit shutout in the team’s home opener...the last Major Leaguer to do that was Cleve- land’s Rick Waits in 1979...the last National Leaguer to accomplish this was the Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn in 1918 (Elias).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Matt Cain

ELIAS SAYS...Cain became the 2nd-straight Giants pitcher to take a no-hitter into the 6th inning as Madison Bumgarner did the same in Denver on Thursday...according to Elias, the last 3 times that a big league team has seen its starters hold opponents without a hit in each of two straight games has been the Giants...Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum did it in May of last year, and Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez did it in July 2009.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2007, Barry Zito, Strike Out For Troops

NOT A CAIN NOTE...LHP Barry Zito has been invited to play with American pop rock band Train tomorrow night at the Fillmore in San Francisco, helping the band with their hit song “Save Me San Francisco.”... 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner and 3-time AL All-Star (2002-03, 2006) will be making his 2nd start of the season, his 364th start and 370th ap- pearance of his career.

Fans, S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo

GETTING OFFENSIVE...The Giants have scored 4-or-more runs in all 7 games this year marking the 1st time the franchise has done that to begin a season since 2003 (did it in 9-straight).

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