Originally written on SportsBlooded  |  Last updated 4/14/12

In his second start of the 2012 season, San Francisco Giants hurler Matt Cain decided to come through in a big way as he started to repay his team a portion of the 5-year, 112.5 million dollar contract extension he signed before the start of the year. Cain was on his game yesterday as he threw a one hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Giants home opener. Ironically enough, it was Pirates starter James McDonald who spoiled Cain’s no-no in the sixth with a single past shortstop Brandon Crawford. McDonald was the only Pirate to reach base and Cain and the Giants cruised to a 5-0 win. The Giants scored two runs in the first with an RBI from Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff and those runs proved to be all they needed for the victory.

With Cain and Tim Lincecum headlining their rotation, the Giants are trying to prove that there rotation is better than the Philadelphia Phillies and ultimately the best the MLB. Add in one of the best up-and-coming pitchers in the league, Madison Bumgarner, and they have a chance to grab that distinct honor. It will take most of the season to determine who has the best rotation, but Cain made a statement last night with his one-hitter. Check out the highlights from Cain’s nearly perfect performance here.

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