White Sox Humber throws perfect game against Mariners
April 21st, 2012
06:28 PM ET

White Sox Humber throws perfect game against Mariners

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.

Only 20 other pitchers have tossed perfect games, in which no opposing batter reaches base, in Major League history, according to MLB.com.

It was the first no-hitter of the 2012 season.

Humber threw 96 pitches, 67 for strikes, and struck out nine. The last batter he faced, Brendan Ryan, nearly spoiled the perfect game when he struck out but had to be thrown out at first when the ball got past Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Until Humber's gem, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay had the most recent perfect game, on May 29, 2010, against Florida. Oakland's Dallas Braden had the American League's most recent perfect game, on May 9, 2010, against Tampa Bay. The last White Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game was Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.

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  4. Mark

    No double plays, no stolen bases, nobody thrown out at home. A perfectly boring game. Glad I wasn't watching. Really glad I didn't pay money to see it.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Aren't you a ray of sunshine, lol....

      April 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      I saw the Sox steal a base. And the vibe in the park was AMAZING. Even the Mariners fans were cheering at every pitch!

      April 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Well, there WASN'T any action from the Mariner's side...
      White Sox, on the other hand, got on base...
      And scored...


      April 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      No offense, Maggie.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • strider64

      Your are obviously not a baseball person, a perfect game is the ultimate a pitcher can achieve. It's exciting to witness, I have came close 2 times in witnessing a perfect game, one was broken up legitimately and the other one the umpire messed up on a call.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • strider64

      A perfect game is very exciting to watch for the tension starts to build up going into the ninth inning, obviously you are not a baseball person.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CommonSense

    Unfortunately, a tainted game.

    The final pitch was a wild pitch (two feet off the plate in the middle of the left-hand batter's box) and there is simply no way the batter (Ryan?) did not check his swing. A fantastic performance and a likely no-hitter, but not a perfect game.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      @ChiSoxFan – thanks for posting the video!

      After watching it 5-6 times, I am still not sure that he swung (the bat seems to go parallel to the plate, but not beyond it, and Ryan's wrists did not break). He's clearly just protecting the plate and not intending to swing (he's not even halfway through his checked swing when the ball is by him and the catcher). However, I am not as sure as I was when I posted, so that is a good thing.

      Thanks again!

      April 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChiSoxFan

      Let us put it this way: had the ump called that swing a check-swing, it would have been 10-times as controversial. It's a discretionary call. Period. No replay that I've seen (and they've already shown it 1,000 times on TV) has shown conclusively–or even convincingly–that the call was wrong. To me, that means it was the correct call and anyone with a conscience would stop bringing it up and taking away from this man's fantastic accomplishment. It's just unfortunate what happened to Armando Gallaraga's perfect game from 2 yrs ago...

      April 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jC in Western U.S.

    Moral of the story: Don't play for a Florida team.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Um, the Mariners are from Seattle, darlin'.

      April 23, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
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    "What's the bad news?"

    "You're pitching on Wednesday

    April 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You have for all occasions, don't you, my friend?

      April 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    A recent Scottish immigrant attends his first baseball game in his new country and after a base hit he hears the fans roaring run....run! The next batter connects heavily with the ball and the Scotsman stands up and roars with the crowd in his thick accent: "R-r-run, r-run will ya!" A third batter slams a hit and again the Scotsman, obviously pleased with his knowledge of the game, screams "R-r-run, r-r-run will ya!" The next batter held his swing at three and two and as the ump calls a walk the Scotsman stands up yelling "R-r-run, r-r-run!" All the surrounding fans giggle quietly and he sits down confused.

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    April 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    I was so excited watching the game that I pooped in my Depends during the 4th quarter.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Monica Lewinski

    It has been years since a Humber got this much attention.

    April 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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