Mills wants Astros to put perfecto behind them

Mills wants Astros to put perfecto behind them

SAN FRANCISCO -- Astros manager Brad Mills wasn't in a mood Thursday afternoon to do too much reflecting on his club being the victim of the 22nd perfect game in Major League history.

Less than 16 hours after Matt Cain struck out 14 batters to make history with the first perfect game in Giants history, the Astros were going about business as usual. And that's the way Mills wanted his team to move on.

"I don't go back and look at the history or significance of it," he said. "That's probably too much for me to do, but at the same time you still appreciate what he did because you know how tough it is. That's far enough for me to go."

Mills is pleased to see that baseball appears to be in the midst of an era where pitching dominates. There have already been five no-hitters thrown this season and games are lower scoring than they were only three or four years earlier.

"I think we're getting back to more pitching, there's no doubt," Mills said. "From my point of view, that's a great place to be. The game is about good pitching and defense, and those are fun games to watch and manage. There are people who like runs to be scored, but I have an appreciation of good pitching and good defense."