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    Originally posted by NBC Sports (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
    Perfect Phillie: Halladay pitches perfect game
    Philadelphia ace becomes 20th to perform feat, beating Florida


    BREAKING NEWS
    NBCSports.com news services
    updated 9 minutes ago


    MIAMI - Roy Halladay pitched the second perfect game of the season and the 20th in major league history as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 1-0 on Saturday.

    Halladay struck out 11. It's the first no-hitter for Philadelphia since Kevin Millwood did it in 2003. The last perfect game by a Phillie came by Jim Bunning on June 21, 1964.

    Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game May 11.

    Wilson Valdez scored the only run of the game when he singled, then scored when Cameron Maybin made an error on Chase Utley's hit.

    More details to come from NBCSports.com.
Box score: http://mlb.mlb.com/​news/​boxscore.jsp?​gid=2010_​05_​29_​phimlb_​flomlb_​1


(edited by CRZ on 29.5.10 2036)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.23

perhaps the only way for the Phillies to steal the front page from teh FLyers tomorrow.



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After being neck and neck for decades in their race to be the rarest event in baseball, the unassisted triple play is really solidifying its grasp on the spot with the recent (by historical standards) abundance of perfect games.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    After being neck and neck for decades in their race to be the rarest event in baseball, the unassisted triple play is really solidifying its grasp on the spot with the recent (by historical standards) abundance of perfect games.


Eric Bruntlett, Troy Tulowitzki and Asdrubal Cabrera say hi. Underrated feat: striking out the side on nine pitches. (Only happened 43 times, although 14 were in the last decade.)

Comparison time! Since 2000...

Immaculate inning: 14 (a whole shitload)
Unassisted triple plays: 5 (Randy Velarde, Rafael Furcal, Tulowitzki, Cabrera, Bruntlett)
Perfect game: 4 (Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay)





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    Originally posted by drjayphd
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      After being neck and neck for decades in their race to be the rarest event in baseball, the unassisted triple play is really solidifying its grasp on the spot with the recent (by historical standards) abundance of perfect games.


    Eric Bruntlett, Troy Tulowitzki and Asdrubal Cabrera say hi. Underrated feat: striking out the side on nine pitches. (Only happened 43 times, although 14 were in the last decade.)

    Comparison time! Since 2000...

    Immaculate inning: 14 (a whole shitload)
    Unassisted triple plays: 5 (Randy Velarde, Rafael Furcal, Tulowitzki, Cabrera, Bruntlett)
    Perfect game: 4 (Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay)


All of this you two are talking about takes nothing away from the fact that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball at the present time, and has been for a couple of seasons. The Phillies certainly made the right move in getting him from the Blue Jays.

(edited by El Nastio on 29.5.10 2324)

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This is awesome news. Couldn't happen to a better guy.
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    Originally posted by El Nastio
      Originally posted by drjayphd
        Originally posted by redsoxnation
        After being neck and neck for decades in their race to be the rarest event in baseball, the unassisted triple play is really solidifying its grasp on the spot with the recent (by historical standards) abundance of perfect games.


      Eric Bruntlett, Troy Tulowitzki and Asdrubal Cabrera say hi. Underrated feat: striking out the side on nine pitches. (Only happened 43 times, although 14 were in the last decade.)

      Comparison time! Since 2000...

      Immaculate inning: 14 (a whole shitload)
      Unassisted triple plays: 5 (Randy Velarde, Rafael Furcal, Tulowitzki, Cabrera, Bruntlett)
      Perfect game: 4 (Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay)


    All of this you two are talking about takes nothing away from the fact that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball at the present time, and has been for a couple of seasons. The Phillies certainly made the right move in getting him from the Blue Jays.

    (edited by El Nastio on 29.5.10 2324)


Yeah, I tweeted it, but I'm certainly glad he's out of the division, especially pitching like this.





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This is by far the shortest time between two perfect games in the modern era, happening only 20 days after Dallas Braden did it for the A's.

The absolute shortest time between two perfect games in MLB history was when Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs and John Montgomery Ward of the Providence Grays did it within five days of each other in June of 1880.

And this is the first time since 1880 that two perfect games have happened in the same season.



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even though they were "just" no-hitters, the dave stewart/fernando double-bit back in 1990. (i believe it also happened in pre-1900 baseball too)



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I think eight strike outs in a full inning (four for each half-inning by each pitcher) is the new rare feat in baseball.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats19.shtml

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    Originally posted by ESPN's TMI blog; insider only

    Halladay got 26 called strikes in this game, and struck out 6 batters looking. Using Pitch F/X technology, a technology set up in conjunction with MLB, we had Doug Kern look at whether those strikes were really strikes...

    Of the 26 called strikes, 7 were, via Pitch F/X standards, out of the strike zone.

    There was a pattern:

    Six of these called strikes were off the plate to the left side (looking in from the pitchers view). But more notably:

    Of Halladay's 6 strikeouts, 5 came on pitches that were not in the Pitch F/X strike zone.


Everything's got to go right for a perfect game. I have no context to put this in compared to usual, so it's just an interesting quirk.



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Throw in Buehrle's from last year (July 23rd, 2009) and that's three Perfect Games in less than a year. That's a first for sure.
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Put it this way: I was out at a Toronto pub tonight watching Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals, and when word got around that Halladay had a perfect game going, every TV in the bar flicked over around the eighth inning. Nobody complained. That's how beloved Halladay is in TO and the place just exploded when he got the last out. Just incredible, incredible stuff from the Doctor.

Also, what's in the water down in Miami? The Marlins have been around just since 1993, but have already been involved in five no-hitters (four for them, one against them) and now a perfect game against them.
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The group The Baseball Project (a bunch of modern rockers who are also big baseball fans, including Peter Buck of REM, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate) have a wonderful song called "Harvey Haddix" about how Haddix really ought to be included on the list of perfect games, and the song names all the pitchers who have thrown one in the modern era. When I saw them live last September, they kind of paused the song to add Buehrle. Now it really needs some tweaking! (Actually, it's easy to accomplish...just don't repeat Cone and Wells' names so much!)

What's weird to me is that I visited my parents today, and the last time I had seen them was when Braden pitched his perfecto. I'm going back a week from Monday, so look out. B^)
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The other long-term effect of this perfect game is that it's the accomplishment that will probably end up getting Halladay into the Hall of Fame, provided he adds another dominant season or two to his resume. Perfect game fame overrides 'played in Toronto for 10 years.'
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I want to see a 27-pitch perfect game. It'll never happen, unless the opposing lineup is REALLY dumb.



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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Also, what's in the water down in Miami? The Marlins have been around just since 1993, but have already been involved in five no-hitters (four for them, one against them) and now a perfect game against them.


For what it's worth, the Mets, despite never tossing a no-no themselves, were involved in the following no-hitters in their early years:


Sandy Koufax, Dodgers, 6/30/62 (Koufax's first no-hitter, tossed one day after I was born)

Jim Bunning, Phillies, 6/21/64 (First game of a Father's Day double-header at Shea, and the only Phillies perfecto prior to last night)

Bob Moose, Pirates, 9/20/69 (The year of the Miracle, four days prior to the Mets clinching their first division title)

Bill Stoneman, Expos, 10/2/72 (First game of a double-header at Jarry Park. The Mets would take the next four games from Montreal to close out the season)

Ed Halicki, Giants, 8/24/75 (Second game of a double-header at Candlestick; the last no-hitter thrown by a Giants pitcher at home prior to 2009)


That's five no-hitters against the Mets in their first fourteen years, and that's not counting this game (baseball-reference.com) on June 14, 1965, when Jim Maloney no-hit the Mets for ten innings at Crosley Field, only to give up a Home Run to Johnny Lewis to lead off the 11th inning and lose, 1-0.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    even though they were "just" no-hitters, the dave stewart/fernando double-bit back in 1990. (i believe it also happened in pre-1900 baseball too)


Fred Toney, Cincinnati Reds - his best performance of the season came on May 2, 1917 against the Chicago Cubs. A crowd of only 3,500 attended that day's match-up between Toney and James "Hippo" Vaughn, and through the first nine innings neither pitcher allowed a hit. (Only Cy Williams had reached base off Toney, drawing walks in his first two trips to the plate.) Vaughn finally unraveled in the 10th inning. Larry Kopf singled, went to third on an error, and scored on a poorly played grounder hit by Jim Thorpe. Toney set down the Cubs in order in the bottom half, giving him the win and a 10-inning no-hitter.

(Vaughn did not have a perfecto going, it was 'just' a double-no-hitter. And yes, it was *that Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th Century.)



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