Amazing how last week we were talking about no-hitters and this week, perfect games. Where do I begin with such a feat? Mark Buehrle threw his second no-hitter of his career on Thursday afternoon. But there's more to it than that. Buehrle is the only pitcher to throw three complete game shutouts in which he faced the minimum 27 batters. He walked a batter during his other no-hitter in 2007 only to get a double-play and in 2004 he gave up 2 hits but induced 2 double plays.
Seven different players have had a clean game, facing the minimum 27 batters while allowing 3 or more hits. John Candelaria is the only pitcher to give up 4 hits during a game in 1982 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Candelaria induced 3 double plays and had one caught stealing.
In 1999 Roger Clemens pitched 8.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 walk while facing 27 batters. Had Clemens not given up a 2-out hit to pinch-hitter Marty Cordova in the 9th, he would have faced the minimum with 3 hits and a walk and only 2 double plays.
48 pitchers since 1954 have thrown games in which they have faced the minimum 27 batters. No pitcher has ever faced 26 in a complete game (see batting out of order). Since 1904 just 16 pitchers have thrown perfect games, who will be the next?
And Now You Know! (And Knowing is Half the Battle)