Yesterday’s MLB Highlights
Yesterday was another typical day for a baseball fan until I saw the news that Mark Buehrle was pitching a no-hitter through seven innings. The news was scrolling across the bottom of the screen of one of the sports networks.
Remembering that the MLB Network breaks into games with historical impact I tuned in and they were showing the eighth inning in progress. I watched MLB Network until the ninth inning and switched over to ESPN which showed the ninth inning.
When the ball left the bat of Gabe Kapler and I saw Dewayne Wise running toward the center field wall I just knew it was going to be a home run but Wise made a perfect game saving catch.
I was glad both networks were telecasting Hawk Harrelson’s account of the last two innings.
He stated that it was the best catch he had seen in 50 years of baseball considering the situation. Buehrle mentioned after watching Harrelson’s description of the last out he had never heard the Hawk say yes four times at the end of a game before.
Buehrle is the consummate professional that takes the throw from the catcher and waits for the signal and then throws the ball. I had mentioned lately that he doesn’t waste time fiddling with the resin bag and he mentioned the same thing himself yesterday.
One of the MLB Network announcers said that there is no time for instant replays between pitches when Buehrle is on the mound. It was a typical fast played game with Buehrle on the mound and lasted only two hours and three minutes.
An interesting sidenote is that home plate umpire Eric Cooper was also behind the plate when Buehrle pitched his no-hitter against the Rangers in April of 2007.
Buehrle’s perfect game happened only 13 days after Jonathan Sanchez had hurled a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants.
Buehrle who had thrown a no-hitter in April of 2007 against the Texas Rangers joins an elite group of six pitchers who have thrown both a perfect game and at least one no-hitter.
Cy Young, Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning who all accomplished the feat are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson is the other pitcher besides Buehrle to throw both a perfect game and a no-hitter and is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Buehrle is only 30 so it is too early to predict if he will make the Hall of Fame someday.
It is not often that a grand slam gets lost in the excitement of a perfect game but Josh Fields did hit a grand slam to give Buehrle the cushion he needed to toss his perfect game. The win moved the White Sox to within one percentage point of the first place Tigers in the AL Central.
Other Highlights From Yesterday’s Action:
The Yankees won their seventh consecutive game behind the pitching of C.C. Sabathia 10-3 and the hitting of Mark Teixeira who hit his 24th homer of the season to tie Russell Branyan, Carlos Pena and Justin Morneau for the AL home run lead.
Barry Zito 6-10 pitched the Giants to a 5-1 win over the Braves who slid into a second place tie with the Marlins with both teams six and a half games behind the first place Phillies in the NL East.
Cole Hamels 6-5 won for only the second time since June 4 in the Phillies 9-4 win over the Padres. The Phillies extended their NL East lead to six and a half games while the Padres fell to 24 1/2 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers.
Adam Wainwright 11-6 who took the win last night for the Cardinals has an ERA of 1.67 in his last five starts since growing a mustache. The Cardinals stretched their NL Central lead to over the Cubs and Astros with the 4-1 defeat of the Nationals.
Albert Pujols had the day off and has hit only three homers since July 3 and has had two five game stretches of no homers and one RBI this month. He is only slugging .578 this month after slugging .856 in June.