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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Regulars on this list have participated for at least one year. Most are recommended to this list.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marine8321

    He is obviously on steroids.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. King

    Way to go Mariners & Felix!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigfoot

    There is one HUGE difference between a no hitter and a perfect game.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jinx

    Why are you bringing this up on a BASEBALL THREAD??? Dweeb.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JoJo

    Eisenhower was the last good Republican leader. No more.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Seattle has a baseball team ??

    August 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kristal

    never b a perfect game ever- Not in any sport -perfect game 2 me means 27 strikes unrealistic yes BUT ITS THE oNLY TRUE DEFINITION OF A PERFECT GAME STRIKING THE BALL means that a defensive play had 2 b used so how's that a perfect game 4 the pitcher when the fielders saved him . You tell me genius

    August 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonomamama

      You, my dear, are either misinformed or just posting on here to see yourself in print.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pood

      I don't think you realize that there are different types of pitchers. The objective of the perfect game is that no players can reach base. There are pitchers who specialize in pitching balls that statistically will pop up for easy outs and also pitchers who pitch balls that statistically will be ground outs.

      By your standards a perfect game would be: 27K's for a total of 81 pitches. While impressive it would still be just as effective as throwing 27 pop-ups or ground balls for a total of 27 pitches. Either way the game is perfect since no one reached base.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pood

      And to top it all off by your logic the pitcher would only be able to use pop ups to the pitcher himself to achieve a perfect game.

      If not there wouldn't be a catcher to call pitches and.... well catch.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baseballngolfisallineed

      27 strikes would be 3 perfect innings. Math, it's tough.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sonomamama

    Who are all you people who can't read? A BASEBALL PITCHER PITCHED A PERFECT GAME. Go to the "Politics" tab if you have to continue your political bs, please!!!!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sonomamama

    YOU just had to run in and get on your computer to puke politics. Keep it where it belongs. This is about BASEBALL, not political crap.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. achepotle

    This was actually breaking news earlier, as if anyone gives a crap about MLB

    August 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. reality

    It seems that baseballs drug testing is starting to change the game. 3 perfect games this year says it all.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    the guy throws a perfect game and that is your comment. Really nice racist remark, dude. You are what is wrong with this country.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yankeesfan

    Dont worry the mariners will end up trading felix like they done with every decent player they ever had see alex rodriguez recently ichiro..and god knows how many others..seattle dont have any good professional teams except the wnba storm...but like the sonics they 2 shall move..become known as the wichita witches..washington state is the place where mediocrity is worshipped lol...see seachickens of nfl .mariners of mbl...of course the college teams suck just as bad

    August 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeattleMan

      You must be one of those fair weather fans. Quick to turn your back and jump on the winning team. Probably not even originally from New York or an American for that matter. Yankee's fan huh, only when they are the most dominant team, let's see how you are when the Yankee's time is up. What's the next wagon you're going to jump on? Let me guess, some "winning" team.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      G theres about 20 other NFL teams that would like the mediocrity the Hawks have had over the past decade. Basketball... tough subject there, luckily Im from Dallas so Im good for a few more years without NBA here in Seattle.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Umm... don't forget the Seattle Sounders in the MLS. Really good soccer team over there.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Not sure if you know what traded means. Alex Rodriguez wasn't traded. Of the top 10 Mariners home run hitters, 1 (Griffey) was traded

      August 16, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawkcoug

      If the Mariners let King Felix somehow leave the city, they might as well pack up and leave with them. You can take that to the bank. They have no good will left around here with sports fans.

      August 16, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris R

    This is fantastic, congratulations to King Felix, a much-deserved accomplishment.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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