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King Felix pitches perfect game against the Rays

Aug 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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6:02 p.m EDT update: Hernandez is perfect, getting a called third strike on Sean Rodriguez to end the ninth. It’s the first perfect game in Mariners history, and the Rays became the first team ever to be on the losing end of three perfect games.

Hernandez ended up striking out five of the final six hitters he faced to end the day with 12 strikeouts. It’s his first no-hitter and perfect game and eighth career shutout.

5:48 p.m. EDT update: The eighth inning figured to be a bigger test for Hernandez than the ninth, but King Felix struck out Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena to keep the perfect game going. He’s at 10 strikeouts and 98 pitches through eight.

The Rays are due to send up Jose Lobaton, Elliot Johnson and Sean Rodriguez in the ninth. Those three are hitting a respective .228, .245 and .207 this season. The Rays, however, have both Jeff Keppinger and Desmond Jennings available off the bench and figure to use them. Keppinger is hitting .321, while Jennings is at .255.

5:25 p.m. EDT update: Hernandez is perfect through seven, though Rays manager Joe Maddon tried to disrupt his rhythm by getting tossed and taking part in a lengthy discussion with home plate umpire Rob Drake with two outs in the inning.

Maddon had a case: the called strike to Matt Joyce to start his at-bat was well off the plate. But while Hernandez has been getting calls, Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson hasn’t fared badly there himself. That’s why it’s a 1-0 game with no walks and only a couple of three-ball counts through 6 1/2 innings.


Felix Hernandez is dealing at Safeco Field today. He’s gone 18 up, 18 down against the Rays, and he’s at just 69 pitches with seven strikeouts in a 1-0 game.

Whether it results in a no-hitter or a perfect game is anyone’s guess, but he’s certainly showing that kind of form against a lineup that includes just one guy batting over .275 in Evan Longoria. It’s’s free game of the day, so most everyone can go check it out if they wish.

For what it’s worth, Hernandez has seven career shutouts, three of them coming this year. He’s pitched one one-hitter, that coming against the Red Sox way back on April 11, 2007. He also allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings against the Twins earlier this season.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Maddon with a classless act of purposely getting thrown out to delay the game.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Perfect thru 7, Maddon can go f’himself

    • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      How dare a manager dare hold an umpire accountable for a lopsided strike zone. Maddon should focus more on Felix getting his perfect game than trying to win a spot to the post season.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        In fairness, Pitch Fx shows that Felix got 5 favorable calls (4 of which were no where near the zone), Hellickson got 4 favorable calls (only 1 of which was no where close, but all were at least 4″ away), and each guy had one clear strike called a ball. Yeah, there were some bad calls….but it wasn’t that bad.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        “lopsided”? what game were you watching?
        Can’t remember that last time I seen a manager tossed for arguing Balls and Strikes DURING the AB.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      When you have a top 5 pitcher on a roll facing your crappy lineup and the strikezone suddenly inflates to being wider than a beach ball, I hardly think it’s a classless move. Maybe if it was 8-0, sure, but literally one swing could tie it and the home plate umpire is busy being completely incompetent. Stop crying about gamesmanship because you’d prefer a more exciting outcome.

    • thebaseballidiot - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Matthew forgot to blame the umpires for allowing this to happen, so this post doesn’t count.

      It doesn’t meet the “Matthew criteria for posting” standards.

      Please ignore the perfect game until Matthew corrects this post by blaming the umpire.

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        It wasn’t the umpires fault. I blame Bobby Valentine!

    • sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Maddon was just using gamesmanship to try to break it up. I don’t think it was classless–he’s just trying to get his team to win. And he failed miserably–most of the pitches to the last 6 hitters were absolute FILTH. He could’ve told each hitter that that curveball was coming, and they still wouldn’t have been able to hit it. Masterful performance.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        I’d use gamesmanship by having my starter plunk the 1st Ray up to bat next season to remind Maddon that we’re aware of his idea of gamesmanship.

        It can get alllllll 1984 up in here in the name of gamesmanship.

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Don’t start something against a team with Kyle Farnesworth. Ask Paul Wilson if you don’t believe me.

    • geografer1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      What is “classless” about a manager of a team that is still in a pennant race and whose team is only down 1-0 arguing a call that is a good 6 inches off the plate and clearly a ball? You call that a ball like it should have been, the batter gets another pitch and hits it out of the park and your team is back in the game against a team with zero offense. It can happen. Maddon had every right to argue that and several other calls as well. The only thing “classless” here are the fans who think a team should just roll over so their pitcher can have a perfect game.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        That’s nice….tell that to Jennings while icing his back

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        Ackley and Smoak have been icing their backs all season

  2. willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    If he loses it, I will blame this entry.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Or the M’s commentators, who have said “perfect game” at least two or three times since I put this game on. Maybe if they say it an even number of times it cancels out?

  3. hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Well he has a hell of an advantage. He gets to face the 4th worst starter in the majors, Jeremy Hellickson, according to fangraphs. After 3 striaght years of sub 3.50 ERA in AL Beast, and each year fangraphs says he sucks, they may want to rethink their formula. Apparently Rickey Romero and Jason Marquis are better pitchers.

    • banksatdixie - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Bitter much?

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        I just think it is ridiculous. I could come up with a formula that shows a straw house is better than a brick house, but when the wolf blows the straw house down, I’d rethink my calculations.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        I’d like to see that formula. :-)

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        I’d have to do some research on sustainability, straw tensile strength, and the likelyhood of a non-asthmatic wolf trying to eat little piggies who can build their own home, but I will get out my graphing calculator, abbacus, and my slide ruler and I will get back to you.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        I am looking forward to it.

    • El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Mr Hellickson is mowing down Mariners too. Just not quite as well as Felix mowing down Rays.

  4. El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Seven innings!

    • El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      8 innings – struck out the side! holy shit this is beyond impressive and now i have to stay late at work to watch on my cpu….

  5. deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    This Mariners announcer is awful. How many times have the Rays been no hit in their existence?

    • indaburg - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      They’ve been no hit four times in the last four years. This is an annual tradition or us Rays fan. At least it was to a great pitcher. I’m just pissed about the loss. Losing two of three to the lousy Mariners, inexcusable.

      • hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        Hello Indaburg. Nice to see you. I gather round my TV expecting to see a no-hitter every time Derek Shelton is announced as the batting coach

  6. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    We’re good for getting no hit/perfect game’s at least once a season, the only surprise is that it’s actually against a legit ace this time and not some random guy with an ERA hovering around 5.

    • El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Hey Buerhle’s was legit. Braden fits your criteria though.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        And Edwin Jackson and the very near Morrow game as well.

  7. - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    K’s the side in the 8th. WOW!

    Is this one of them deals where the Seattle hitters get all hacktastic in the bottom of the inning to get back out there?

  8. randygnyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Perfect through 8. Rays batters look like they have no chance.

  9. rickyspanish - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    El Bravo

    Nice! Time and a half!

  10. chill1184 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    He did it. Congrats to King Felix

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Big congrats to King Felix. How the hell does anyone hit a changeup that moves like that?

  12. seeinred87 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Amazing. That was awesome to watch. Felix was amazing, especially there in the 9th. He knew he was getting it.

  13. deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    He should come out in the press conference and give all the credit to Chone Figgins- just to f#ck around.

  14. paperlions - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    And it couldn’t have happened without Brendan Ryan, who singled and scored the only run of the game.

  15. proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    A well pitched game. The Mariners are so bad that they need a perfect game to win by 1 to 0.

  16. brianbosworthisstonecold - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Congrats King Felix.

  17. ch0psuey - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Perfecto! Man he was lights out, that was great.

  18. seeinred87 - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Loved that 2-0 slider for the 26th out.

  19. sgtr0c - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Grats Felix and the Mariners, well done.

    As a baseball fan, well done.

  20. hittfamily - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    3 perfect games this year, and still 1/3 of a season to go. Time to weed out the losers. They should contract the 2 teams most directionless teams: The Phillies and the Mets (Kelly Shoppach?).

  21. raysfan1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Awesome feat by King Felix, but it sure does seem that Rays are on the butt end of no hitters a disproportionate amount of the time even though they’ve been good for several years now.

  22. El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    It is a great year to have the nickname “The King”.

    • hittfamily - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Did Booker T win the WWE title or something?
      Dale Earnhardt came back to life?
      Michael Jackson found the infant wing of heaven?

      I don’t get it?

      • El Bravo - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Um, Lebron James? Did you miss his NBA MVP, Heat Championship, MVP of the said Championship, and his gold metal from just last Sunday? Man, I thought I was high all the time.

      • hittfamily - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        I didn’t realize his nickname was the king. I thought it was LBJ. I hate sports center, and haven’t watched it since I got MLB network.

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