Aug 16, 2012 at 8:11 am
SEATTLE (AP) - King Felix now has a crowning achievement.
Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory. Hernandez is 11-5. He was mobbed by his teammates at the pitcher's mound after the final out. He embraced catcher John Jaso for a few seconds and then shared hugs with the rest of his teammates.
After the game, Hernandez said he doesn't ''have any words to explain this. I've been working so hard to throw one and today is for you guys,'' Hernandez told the crowd at Safeco Field.
The Mariners' ace and former AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.
It was the third perfect game in baseball this season, a major league record. Hernandez joined Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June.
Six Seattle pitchers combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers in June. This was the sixth no-hitter of the season, which is two shy of the major league record of eight set in 1884.