The Seattle Mariners hosted the Chicago White Sox on Saturday in a game where the Mariners were hoping to get back in the win column after a lopsided loss to the visitors. Instead, Seattle found themselves shut out in the most historic manner possible, as Chicago starting pitcher Philip Humber threw a perfect game in the 4-0 White Sox victory. It was the 20th perfect game in regular-season MLB history.
The White Sox scored all their first three runs in the second and third innings, on a Paul Konerko solo home run and RBI singles by Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. They added one last insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, on an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza
Blake Beavan turned in a quality start for the M's, but the star of the day, of course, was Humber.
Humber went the distance, picking up the 18th no-hitter in White Sox history while striking out nine. The deepest he got into a count all game was a 3-0 count to Michael Saunders to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, but he then struck out Saunders on the next three pitches. Brendan Ryan came in to pinch hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and worked the count full. Humber through a pitch away for ball four, but Ryan was called out on a check-swing. Pierzynski retrieved the ball and threw on to first base to complete the out and record the perfect game and White Sox win.
The final out and check-swing in question:
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