Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched a no-hitter and a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays today, July 23, 2009. He is only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter and a perfect game.
The game started off on a high note, as Josh Fields blasted an unexpected grand slam to left field in the second inning. A short while after, a fifth-inning double by Alexei Ramirez brought Scott Podsednik around to score, making it 5-0 White Sox.
As the White Sox boasted “three up/three down” inning after inning, everyone in the park began to notice that the Rays had zero runners on the bases throughout the game. When the 8th inning started, most of the people inside U.S. Cellular Field were on there feet, rooting for Buehrle to get that–wait, can’t say it yet or you’ll jinx him
During the 9th inning, once again, everyone got on their feet as Buehrle threw strike after strike. Dewayne Wise had subbed for Carlos Quentin and took center field, moving Pods to left. After one out, Gabe Kapler lined a rocket out to left center and Wise robbed him of a homerun, but not before he bobbled the ball, almost dropping it. Alexei Ramirez recorded the final out, thanks to a grounder from .342-hitting Jason Bartlett.
Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter/perfect game pushed the White Sox into first place, tying them with the Detroit Tigers just before they plan to head over to their division rivals for a four-game series this weekend.