Here’s video of the final play of Wednesday night’s perfect game by the Giants’ Matt Cain:
That play, carried off by third baseman Joaquin Arias and first baseman Brandon Belt, wasn’t as easy as it looked. The ball was sharply hit and Arias took a stutter-step before throwing to first for the final out to complete the perfect game; the throw beat baserunner Jason Castro by a couple of steps.
This came after two other fine outfield plays that helped save perfection, one by Melky Cabrera, another by Gregor Blanco (the latter a spectacular dive onto the warning track). You often see plays like this save no-hitters or perfect games (DeWayne Wise’s in Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009 is the gold standard for these), and Wednesday night was no exception.