The Stack is here on this Thursday with a couple of things to talk about today. We are pushing our interesting facts about the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule to Friday which means we can talk more about the perfect game last name in the big leagues. Didn't see it. The Stack did and we're here to talk about it and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, June 14:
1. Matt Cain throws a perfect game
The San Francisco Giants have a very storied history and pitcher Matt Cain added to it Wednesday night with his perfect game against the Houston Astros in the Giants 10-0 win. It took 125 pitches, but Cain becomes the second pitcher this season to record a perfect game. Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox is the other perfect game pitcher this season. Cain struck out fourteen batters, a career high. There was no need for the Giants to make Cain sweat this one out as they got a lead early and didn't add any more pressure to Cain. There were a couple of fantastic catches made. There always seems to be a couple of defensive gems in a perfect game. The pitcher needs a little help too. Cain was truly spectacular last night. And in doing so, he has made history. Already this season baseball has seen five perfect or no hit games this year:
- Humber's against the Seattle Mariners
- Anaheim Angels pitcher Jered Weaver's no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins
- New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana's no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals.
- The Seattle Mariners combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Friday night.
- And now Cain's perfect game against the Astros last night.
Truly remarkable. The season isn't half over and I'm guessing we'll see a few more no-hitters tossed this season. A perfect game? Well let's not get greedy.
2. U.S. Open preview
Golf's second major of the year gets underway today from The Olympic Club in San Francisco. One of the pairings will have everyone's attention. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson will go off together at 10:33 AM ET. ESPN and NBC will have coverage throughout the day. But who is going to win the U.S. Open? The long hitters should fare pretty well in this tournament. Have you seen the yardage for the first six holes of the course? The first hole is a par 4 520 yards. Yikes! The first par 3 is 247 yards. Seems a little unfair. But this is the U.S. Open and it is made to be difficult. Add to the length of the course and the rough and we have a very interesting four days on our hands.
Another story to the Open is Andy Zhang. Who is Andy Zhang you ask? Only someone who got in after another golfer was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Oh here's the funny thing...he's 14-years old!! Yet this kid has game. In these conditions though? I don't think he fares well at all though I, and I'm sure scores of other people as well, will be rooting him on. Wouldn't it be something if he made it to the weekend and was in contention on Sunday? Must see television. Getting ahead of myself though.
As for the winner, will it be Woods? What about defending champion Rory McIlroy. I'd like it if either of these two players won it, but McIlroy has been bad as of late and I'm not sold on Woods being all the way back quite yet. I think Matt Kuchar or Hunter Mahan have a great chance to win this tournament. Maybe Bubba will surprise and win this tournament. He certainly can bomb it off the tee. In the end, I'll go with Hunter Mahan to win the U.S Open with Watson trailing close behind. McIlroy, Woods and Mickelson, as much as I'd like to see any of them win, will struggle a bit. It will be a highly entertaining four days of golf.
3. Euro Cup news
The group of death, or group B to others, played their second matches on Wednesday. In the first match, Portugal held a lead over Denmark only to see the lead disappear when Denmark tied it at 2-2. But in the 87th minute, Portugal was able to score to secure a 3-2 win and get a much needed three points.
In the other match, the desperate Netherlands squad didn't play nearly desperate enough as Germany was able to score two first half goals and hang on for a 2-1 win. The Netherlands made it to the World Cup Finals two years ago and are now on the verge of being bounced out of the Euro Cup in group play two years later. They can still make it, but it won't be easy at all. They need a lot of help. Rather stunning really.
Italy vs. Croatia (first game)
Spain vs. Ireland (second game)
Both games can be found on the ESPN networks. Check your local listings.
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