Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in MLB history today against the Tampa Bay Rays. I have to be honest it was quite amazing to watch a piece of MLB history go down but not so much from the Rays side of it, 27 up and 27 down, 0 hits and 0 walks. For the Rays SP Scott Kazmir ran into trouble early by loading the bases and serving up a 2 strike fastball over the middle of the plate that the Pale Hose #9 hitter blasted for a Grand Slam. Of course that would prove to be all the White Sox would need.
Obviously the Rays offense was non existent. There were a couple of close foul balls but truly the only sniff the Rays had of a hit was a late inning HR ball hit by Gabe Kapler that Dwayne Wise brought back into the park to preserve the perfect game. Look I know that Buehrle was on but the Rays offense saw only 116 pitches – less than 13 pitches an inning! Could we have made this any easier for him?!
So the Rays are leaving Chicago taking with them a very average 4-3 record since the break. They have managed to turn around a very promising start to the second half and leave with a depressing loss due to a ton of mistakes and then have a perfect game tossed at them. By the way, they will have to find some motivation somewhere between here and Toronto as they will face Toronto ace Roy Halladay tomorrow night.
This weekend series means a lot right now. I know it’s only July but they must recover and recover quickly from a very poor showing in the final 2 games of this series. They will face Toronto and then come home to face the Yankees. These bats must come to life!
And by the way, Congratulations to Mark Buehrle! As a fan of baseball it was amazing to watch, just wish it was against someone else!