Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

Wednesday was a perfect day for “King” Felix Hernandez.

The Seattle Mariners' ace pitched a perfect game in his team’s 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first one in franchise history. 

He didn’t allow a single hit or walk while striking out 12 on 113 pitches, 77 of which were strikes. He struck out the side in the sixth and eighth innings. The lone run of the game came on a Jesus Montero RBI single that scored Brendan Ryan in the third inning.

With Phillip Humber (April 21) of the White Sox and Matt Cain (June 13) of the Giants also completing the feat, there have been an unheard-of three perfect games thrown in the 2012 season. There were zero in 2011.

For his career, Hernandez has tossed 22 complete games, eight shutouts, four two-hitters, one one-hitter…and now, one perfect game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes in a clear attempt to distract Hernandez. The disruption didn’t faze the “King” in the least bit.

The 26-year-old Hernandez is now 11-5 on the season, as he once again shines for his last-place Mariners. The game didn’t have any real meaning in the standings, but it further proves the sentiment that Hernandez is one of the best, if not the best pitcher in the American League.

As for the Rays, they are the victims of yet another perfect game.

They were the opponents in Mark Buehrle’s perfect game back in 2009 and Dallas Braden’s in 2010, as well as today’s affair.

After winning seven games in a row, the Rays have now dropped two straight to the last-place Mariners and travel to Anaheim to take on the L.A. Angels—searching for their first hit since Tuesday.