We’ll have to attend no less than a bit of longer to see one other perfect game on the big-league stage.
Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen didn’t enable a baserunner by way of eight innings earlier than giving up a lead-off double in the ninth inning to the Orioles’ Jorge Mateo on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Mateo moved to 3rd on a Terrin Vavra groundout to second and got here round to attain on a wild pitch that may’ve punched out Brett Phillips, however he superior to first on the dropped third strike.
That was Rasmussen’s final batter, however he bought a standing ovation as he was pulled from the game. He allowed one hit and one earned run whereas placing out seven in 8 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander was notably environment friendly, throwing simply 87 pitches, 62 of which have been strikes.
The Rays held on to beat the Orioles, 4-1, as Rasmussen improved to 7-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.80.
The Rays’ win in the rubber match towards the Orioles comes a day after the benches cleared in another Tampa win over Baltimore as the AL East foes combat for a wild-card spot.
The final perfect game in MLB got here on Aug. 15, 2012, when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was perfect towards the Rays in Seattle.
Matt Garza stays the one Rays pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter.