Friday, July 24, 2009

Buehrle enters record books with perfecto

Only the 18th time in the history of the game that a pitcher has been perfect. For you soccer fans out there a perfect game is when no batter reaches base. (No hits, no errors, no walks)

Mark Buehrle had been in this situation before. His nerves were not an issue.

Chopping down batter after batter with his nasty cutter and deceptive change, Buehrle breezed through the Rays' lineup quickly, as only he can. The Rays simply couldn't keep up with the southpaw's swift pace.

On this particular day, the Rays were simply overmatched.

Buehrle hurled a perfect game and led the White Sox to a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field, where 28,036 in attendance held their breath with each pitch. After every out, the roar of the crowd got just a little bit louder.

And when Josh Fields wrapped his mitt around shortstop Alexei Ramirez's throw on ground ball at first base to end the game, the South Side erupted with thunderous applause for its hero.

It was the second no-hitter in Buehrle's career, the first coming April 18, 2007, against the Rangers. He became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson to throw multiple no-hitters, and the first to throw a perfect game since the Big Unit did it on May 18, 2004.

Buehrle is just the 18th player to throw a perfect game in Major League history.

"I don't think it's really soaked in," said Buehrle, just minutes after being mobbed by his gleeful teammates on the field. "I think it will soak in a little later. I still don't know what happened. Obviously, any time your name gets up there with some of the greats in the game, it means a lot. I think it's another thing when you retire and sit back and you see how many perfect games have been thrown in history and your name's in there. I think that's when I'll sit back and kind of be surprised."

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