American League Game Summary - Chicago at Seattle|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Philip Humber tossed the 21st perfect game in
major league history, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 win over the
Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
Humber struck out nine batters, including two in the ninth inning. The game
ended when Brendan Ryan, on a 3-2 count, swung at a low and outside breaking
ball that got past catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Pierzynski scrambled to throw Ryan out at first base, and Humber's teammates
piled on the right-hander in the infield.
"I don't know what to say," Humber said. "I don't know what Philip Humber is
doing in this list (of perfect game throwers), I have no idea what my name is
doing there, but I'm thankful it's there."
But the ending came with some controversy after it looked like Ryan may have
checked his swing.
It was the first perfect game in the majors since Phillies ace Roy Halladay
against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010.
Humber became the first American League pitcher to throw a perfect game since
Oakland A's hurler Dallas Braden versus the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9, 2010.
He was the third White Sox pitcher to toss a perfect game and first since Mark
Buehrle on July 23, 2009, against Tampa Bay. The only other perfect game in
team history was throw by Charlie Robertson on April 30, 1922, versus Detroit.
To lead off the ninth, Humber threw three straight balls to Michael Saunders
before battling back to strike him out. John Jaso then hit an easy fly ball to
right fielder Alex Rios for the second out. Both Jaso and Ryan batted as pinch
"I was shaking because you don't get the opportunity to be in that situation
very often," Pierzynski said. "The way Phil was pitching and what it would
mean to him, his family and his career, it's just amazing. I'm still in shock
and so happy for Phil, I'm kind of speechless right now."
Humber (1-0) threw 67 of his 96 pitches for strikes and got his first complete
game and shutout at the MLB level. It was the 18th no-hitter in White Sox
"He was just cruising and he was going through, making pitches all day long,"
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He had a couple innings there where he
had some quick pop ups. You look out, and he's thrown 68 pitches so there goes
that, in terms of abusing pitching count."
Paul Konerko, who gloved the final out at first base, hit a solo home run and
had two RBI, while Pierzynski and Alejandro De Aza both knocked in runs. The
White Sox have won the first two games of this three-game series and three of
their last four overall.
Blake Beavan (1-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits and
one walk over six innings. The Mariners have dropped four of their last five
"It was just one of those freak days in baseball," Mariners infielder Chone
Figgins said. "You come to the ballpark you never know what's going to
Konerko led off the second inning by crushing a 2-0 fastball over the wall in
left field for his second homer of the season.
Chicago added two runs in the third. Gordon Beckham led off with a base hit
and Brent Morel beat out an infield single two batters later to put runners on
first and second. After Adam Dunn flied out, Konerko came through with an RBI
single to left and Pierzynski ripped an RBI single into right to make it 3-0.
It was 4-0 in the ninth after De Aza drove home Brent Lillibridge with a
"That was a pretty outstanding game that he threw," Ryan said."He had his
slider working, obviously, and pounded the zone, kept his pitch count down,
pretty outstanding stuff from him today."
Humber had the fewest pitches in a perfect game (96) since David Cone threw
just 88 on July 18, 1999, against Montreal...Humber's previous high in innings
pitched was 7 2/3, which he last accomplished on June 19, 2011 against the
Arizona Diamondbacks...Humber tied a career-high in strikeouts... It was the
first perfect game and the third no-hitter thrown against Seattle. Mark
Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit the M's on April 11, 1990, for the
California Angels and Dwight Gooden tossed a no-hitter against Seattle for the
New York Yankees on May 14, 1996...Rios extended his hitting streak to nine
games...Konerko hit his 398th career home run, tied with Dale Murphy for 50th
on the all-time list.
04/21 20:43:32 ET