2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez has pitched a perfect game today! He is now immortal. It is the 23rd perfect game in baseball history. Earlier this year, White Sox pitcher Philip Humber pitched a perfect game on April 21.
“...Hernandez’s perfect game was also the third no-hitter thrown at Safeco Field this season. The other two were a combined June 8 no-hitter by the Mariners against the Los Angeles Dodgers that featured six Seattle pitchers, and the perfect game by Humber.
The only other season in which there were three no-hitters in the same year in the same park was in 1917, when the White Sox and the St. Louis Browns took turns victimizing each other at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.
Hernandez addressed the crowd after Wednesday’s game, saying Humber’s perfect game inspired him to throw one of his own.
“I’ve got to throw one; I have to,” he said of his reaction to watching Humber. He then gestured to the crowd and said: “There it is. For you guys!”
The subject of trade rumors over the last year as the Mariners have languished at the bottom of the American League West, Hernandez has four shutouts since June 28 and is 11-5 for the season.
The Rays’ performance was the third time in four seasons that they were on the other side of a perfect game and the fifth time they have been no-hit in some fashion since 2002. Only the Dodgers had had three perfect games thrown against the team, with one of them being Larsen’s in the World Series.
The Rays continue to be victimized even as they have established themselves as a consistent contender in the American League. But the Rays’ strength is pitching, not hitting, as demonstrated by all the times they have failed to get a hit over nine innings…”