Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Baseball:Buehrle pitches rare perfect game


Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw the first perfect game in the major leagues for five years in a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Buehrle retired all 27 batters he faced, getting Jason Bartlett for the last out on a grounder to shortstop.
He needed a great catch from DeWayne Wise at the start of the ninth inning, with the centre-fielder getting a glove above the fence to prevent a home run.
Randy Johnson pitched the most recent perfect game for Arizona in May 2004.
The feat is regarded as the holy grail among baseball pitchers, and has only been achieved 16 times since 1904.
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On Thursday, the crowd in Chicago held their breath as Wise bounced off the fence and rolled to the ground, but he came up with the ball still in his hand.
Michel Hernandez then struck out, and with fans chanting Buehrle's name, Bartlett was his last victim, and the pitcher was mobbed by his team-mates.
"I don't know if it's really sunk in yet," said the 30-year-old left-hander. "We have a short flight to Detroit - I'm sure it will be a little hectic later."
Buehrle later received a congratulatory telephone call from US president and White Sox fan Barack Obama.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama told Buehrle: "It was an unbelievable achievement, something that everyone will always remember."

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