The good news for the San Francisco Giants is Matt Cain struck out a career-high 14 batters and pitched the first perfect game in franchise history, the twenty-second of all-time, and second this season. The bad news is first baseman Aubrey Huff injured himself in the process of heading onto the field to celebrate with the rest of the team.
Prior to the final out being recorded Huff, like many of his teammates, was up against the railing of the dugout. After Astros catcher Jason Castro grounded out to third to end the game Huff tripped as he attempted to leap over the railing to join in the celebration. You can see it in GIF form here.
The result of the stumble could be a trip to the disabled list for the thirteen-year veteran.
“He’s got a pretty good bruise in the right knee,” [manager Bruce] Bochy said. “It’s a sprained right knee, PCL they call it. So I’m going to get with Brian [Sabean] now and see what we’re going to do.”
The 2012 season is off to a rough start for Huff. He’s hitting just .155 with 1 home run and 5 RBI in 32 games. Earlier in the season he spent time on the disabled list with anxiety issues.
Aubrey Huff can take some comfort in knowing he isn’t the only one to suffer such a misfortune, this season. After Johan Santana’s no-hitter New York Mets relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez strained his hamstring running in from the bullpen to celebrate.
These great pitching performances are proving to be costly.