Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched only the 18th perfect game in Major League history today against the Tampa Bay Rays. It is the first perfect game since Randy Johnson’s in 2004 and the second no-hitter of the 2009 season.
Buehrle almost gave up both the perfect game and no-hitter in the top of the 9th inning, when Gabe Kapler hit what surely looked like a homerun to center field. However, Buehrle’s teammate DeWayne Wise came through for the hurler, robbing Kapler of the homerun as he ran into the outfield wall and fell backwards, clutching the ball to his chest and then raising it in triumph for all to see. Video below.
Wise was actually there for the last perfect game, though he was playing for the losing side of it in 2004. When Buehrle got the final out today, his teammates mobbed him on the mound. President Obama, a known White Sox fan, has already called Buehrle with congratulations.
It took Buehrle just 116 pitches to get the 27 outs. It’s not the first time he’s faced the minimum batters, however. Buehrle threw a no-hitter back in 2007, where the only man to reach base was Sammy Sosa, who walked and then was picked off two pitches later.