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Minor leaguer throws a perfect game

Jul 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Justin Germano

Justin Germano of my hometown Columbus Clippers threw a perfect game last night.  The victims: the Syracuse Chiefs.

He struck out seven in what was the first perfect game in Columbus Clippers history and only the fifth in the history of the International League. Which kind of makes sense when you realize that guys are in the International League because either (a) they’re prospects that the big club doesn’t really want to see throwing complete games and the number of pitches those entail; or (b) they aren’t fabulous pitchers and have a hard time getting guys out.

Germano is closer to the latter than the former. At 28, he’s had a pretty undistinguished run in parts of six seasons in the big leagues. Before last night he wasn’t even doing all that hot at AAA.

But now he has an accomplishment that he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

  1. easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Kudos to Germano. The Yankees should try to trade for him because he could do against a AAA lineup what CC could not.

  2. RK - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    I was hoping this would get posted, great story for a great guy. The Indians and Clippers are both fantastic about connecting with players through Twitter and Germano is no exception.

    I was also thrilled to see that no Clipper had a perfect game up to this point. All that time as the Yankees affiliate and no one does it and the 2nd year the Tribe takes over it happens. Cherry on the top for me :-)

  3. contraryguy - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Clips pitchers need to be good, the Tribe called up their best hitters already!

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