Seattle pitcher throws perfect game
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez celebrates the final out in his perfect game Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay.
August 15th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Seattle pitcher throws perfect game

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon pitched the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the third this season.

Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, retired all 27 Tampa Bay Rays batters in order as the Mariners beat the Rays 1-0 at Seattle's Safeco Field. He struck out 12 of those batters, including the last one, third baseman Sean Rodriguez.

This is the third no-hitter and second perfect game at Safeco Field this season. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21, and six Seattle pitchers combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless on June 8, according to

Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw the other perfect game this year, a 10-0 gem against the Houston Astros on June 13.

Johan Santana of the New York Mets and Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels have thrown no-hitters this season, but both pitchers allowed batters to reach base.

Hernandez's feat was the fourth no-hitter in Mariners history. Randy Johnson threw one in 1990 and Chris Bosio had one in 1993.

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  1. Eric459

    I am a fan of the Mariners, good job felix you own! But you still need more offense behind you....

    August 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Remember "Refuse to Lose"??

    Ever since then, it's been "Begin to Win".

    August 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DrVonBrain

    Isn't that against the rules to "throw" a game? I mean...the Chinese badminton team got kicked out of the Olympics for doing that!

    August 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HUGH


    August 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rosehips

    Congratulations to Felix from NE Washington State. Well done!

    August 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tony

    NY Yankees?The team that buys loyalty.Just like wallstreet.Buying up everything including our liberty.

    August 16, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yankeesfan

    So when will the mariners start to win 2090? As i see in paper they are last in the division? And as for many people even care maybe 20? And as i recall the last decent quarterback to come out of a washington university was drew bledsoe..shall we discuss the joke ryan leafblower was?

    August 16, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gopherit

    Felix Hernandez's great accomplishment certainly is noteworthy. Congratulations to him. It's good that the Mariners managed to score one run themselves or the game would have gone into extra innings and Felix possibly would have been deprived of his solo pitcher event.

    August 16, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gopherit

    Meanwhile the U.S. footall (soccer) team made history by defeating Mexico 1-0 this evening (15th August) for the first time ever in La Azteca stadium in Mexico City.Two great accomplishments on the same day with Felix's perfect game!

    August 16, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |

    congrats felix. from a rangers fan. soccer sucks. and why was illegals in quotes? are u implying they dont exist?

    August 16, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      The Seattle Sounder's sell out every game. Your statement is just so 90's.

      August 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. running on empty

    This is actually the 5th no hitter in Seattle's history and the second this season when 6 pitchers combined their efforts against the Dodgers at Safeco Field.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. BigAl

    move the mound back to 15'

    August 16, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. chang

    Watched it happen,...classy and classic. Deep breath after the last out....Go Yanks,....Sox=HA!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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