It’s a miracle.
The sporting rarity that has occurred only a handful of times in recorded history happened again today: A major leaguer has pitched a perfect game.
Amazingly enough, Hernandez’s effort marks the third time this year that a pitcher has hurled a perfect game. Only 20 had ever been pitched in over a century of Major League play before this season, and only once before had there ever before been a season that boasted two perfect games.
And now there are three.
Coupled with the three additional no-hitters that already took place this season, 2012 has been quite a red-letter year for pitchers. Thus, in celebration of Hernandez’s record-breaking third perfect game pitched in 2012—which also stands this season one shy of the modern record of seven no-hitters pitched in a single year—we will analyze these top six pitching performances of 2012.