Here's a major-league oddity compiled by Matt Cain (8-2, 2.18 ERA); R.A. Dickey (10-1, 2.20 ERA) and Lance Lynn (10-2, 2.42 ERA) who are no doubt the early front-runners for the N.L. Cy Young Award--
ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (6-13-12):
- MATT CAIN: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 14 K (Perfect Game)
- R. A. DICKEY: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 12 K (One-Hitter)
- LANCE LYNN: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 12 K
According to the Elias Sports Bureau: Matt Cain threw a perfect game with 14 strikeouts; R.A. Dickey struck out 12, allowed no walks and no earned runs; and Lance Lynn struck out 12, walked one, and did not allow an earned run. It's the first time since the major leagues have been tracking earned runs that three pitchers didn't allow an earned run while striking out 12 and walking no more than one batter on the same night.
As the early-70s rock group Three Dog Night might say, "They just wanna be a one man band."