The Giants’ Matt Cain threw a complete game 1-hitter.

The only hit was off the bat of the Pirates’ starting pitcher James McDonald.

According to the unwritten rules of baseball Cain may now have McDonald killed. I could be wrong.

(On a serious note: How often has that happened? A one-hitter with the only hit by a pitcher. Someone find that out.)

UPDATE: He’s the first Giant since Hooks Wiltse in 1908 to be separated from a perfect game by just one hit to the opposing pitcher. The last major leaguer with such a game was the Padres’ Jimmy Jones, who gave up just a triple to Houston’s Bob Knepper on Sept. 21, 1986.  Courtesy of Trent McCrotter, SABR

(h/t to Hunting Cows)

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