6/19/06: LINESCORE OF THE DAY – CAIN WAS ABLE

San Francisco rookie righthander Matt Cain had a no hitter against the LA Angels until it was broken up by Chone Figgins with two outs in the 8th inning. Cain has won his last five straight decisions, improving his record to 6-5, and lowering his ERA to 4.79. Manager Felipe Alou threw the pitch count (131 for Cain) out the window as his raw boned pitcher attempted to throw a no-no. Right before the no hitter was broken up, Matt was locked in a 3-2 battle with Figgins, then a ball got away in the Anaheim bullpen, which seemed to break the tension just a little, moments later Chone lined a single to center. The Giants hurler then settled back into his groove, getting Orlando Cabrera to pop out, before being relieved by Armando Benitez. Vladimar Guerrero lined Armando Benitez’ first pitch to Barry Bonds in left, for a minute it looked like it was gone, but Guerrero got it off the end of the bat. Benitez pitched a no run 9th to preserve Cain’s victory 2-1.

Matt Cain W 8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 SO

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