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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Matt Cain's perfect-game secret: Golf

By Patrick Dorsey

With 14 strikeouts and nothing allowed, Matt Cain on Wednesday threw a perfect game.

After doing this:

Matt Cain
This swing was far sweeter than any taken at Matt Cain's pitches on Wednesday night.
That's right. Before the evening's game, Cain (a noted golf enthusiast) and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson (in town for the U.S. Open) launched golf balls into McCovey Cove from home plate, for an event whose hashtag (#DriverCove) was a hit before nobody got hits against Cain.

Johnson also threw out the game's first pitch, before Cain threw the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants franchise history.

Matt Cain
Here's Dustin Johnson, left, and Cain, side-by-side.
Dustin Johnson
And hey, Johnson didn't have bad form from the mound, either.
Matt Cain
... but not quite as good as this.
Update: Check out the video footage of Cain's swing, amid the celebration for Johnson's appearance.