Halladay just threw a perfect game. 11 strikeouts.
alternate headline: man does job
.....the gap between Braden's and Halladay's perfect games were 20 days. The previous low was 290. Arguably the greatest game ever pitched.
I dunno. Don Larsen throwing a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 Series, with a hangover to boot, is going to be mighty tough to beat. Larsen only had 1 3-ball count the whole way. And, IIRC, he threw about 97 pitches that day.
That's why I said arguable lol.
Other nominees: David Cone in 1999...10 Ks, only 88 pitches against a solid Montreal lineup
Randy Johnson in 2004, 13 Ks, 117 pitches
Harvey Haddix pitched 12.2 innings of perfect ball and 13 of no-hit ball but his team still lost in 15 innings. It's not counted among perfect games historically because the definition wasn't set until afterwards.
Larsen's WS perfect game
Honorable mention: Kerry Wood's 20K game where he only gave up one hit.
SI had a great article about Haddix recently. I feel bad for the guy, that must have been a heartbreaker.
and great for my fantasy team!
The most impressive part is that he did this in a 1-0 victory.
The game was crazy. The lone run was unearned off of an error by the Marlins centerfielder.
Interesting tidbit; Just read Virgil Trucks pitched 2 no hitters in 1952 and had a 5-19 record for the year
And Gordie, that 1952 team was horrible. They went 50-104. That was arguably the worst Tiger team prior to the 2003 debacle. You can make an argument for the 2002, 1996 and 1975 teams as well.
In yet more baseball news (quite the day), the Angels' Kendry Morales hits a game winning grand slam and breaks his leg during the ensuing celebration.
You know what this makes me think of? A-Rod shouldn't have stepped on the mound.
Congrats Roy. Too bad the attendance was so low. The combined attendance to the two perfect games this season was about 24,000. That's combined, and that's crazy.
Or as the great Jack Buck would've said "go crazy"
We watched Halladay pitch for the hapless Jays for years with respect for the game and his (mostly not very good) team. He's a completely class pitcher who carries himself as a professional at all times. He deserves every success.