Perfection: Mark Buehrle Sending Everyone Home Early

Chris MurphyAnalyst IJuly 23, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 07: Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mark Buerhle has just thrown the first perfect game in five years against the Tampa Bay Rays

Dewayne Wise, who was put in the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, saved the perfect game, no-hitter, and the shutout by leaping the center field wall and bringing back a home run hit by Gabe Kapler. 

Michael Ramirez then struck out, and with the crowd on its feet chanting his name, Buehrle got Jason Bartlett to ground out to short stop. 

It took 116 pitches and just two hours and three minutes for Buehrle to throw the 18th perfect game in MLB history. 

Besides the Wise play, the only threat to the perfection was a 3-0 count to Bartlett earlier in the game, in which Buehrle worked the count to 3-2 and got Bartlett to ground out. The other threat was a line drive off the bat of Pat Burrell that was just foul, spinning third base umpire Laz Diaz in the process. 

Buehrle had three balls in only three counts, but he was able to work out of each jam.

Josh Fields also hit a grand slam, and Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double, but few care.  

The White Sox moved into a tie with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central, which some did care about.

The White Sox venture to Detroit to play those same Tigers in a four-game series starting with a doubleheader tomorrow.