The Rays came into Wednesday afternoon’s game knowing that Felix Hernandez was great, but today he was better than great. The Rays hit two balls hard all day as it was one of the most clean perfect games you will ever see thrown. Hernadez's perfecto was the 23rd in Major League history.
The only run of the game was scored in the third inning, when Jesus Montero drove in a run with an RBI single.
Jeremy Hellickson, who has had trouble going deep into games lately, had himself a terrific outing Wednesday, but just happened to be on the wrong side of a perfect game. He pitched seven strong innings while just allowing one run and one walk.
Felix did the rest by throwing the first perfect game in Seattle history. He made Tampa Bay batters look silly all game, striking out 12. This was the fourth time the Rays have been no hit (and the third time it was a perfect game) since the 2009 season.
The Mariners threw a combined no-hitter already this season. They were also the victims of Phillip Humber’s perfect game back in April.
The Rays are now 63-54. They fall into third place in the division seven games behind the Yankees. They also lose their lead of the top Wild Card spot, but they are still in playoff position in control of the second spot.
Notable Stat Lines
- Felix Hernandez (W,11-5): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K
- Jeremy Hellickson (L,7-8): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
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Rays News and Notes
- Joe Maddon was ejected during the game for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. He became the first manager ever to be ejected from a perfect game.
- The Dodger are the only other franchise to be victims of perfect games three times, but the Rays are the first to have all three happen to them in the regular season.
- Luke Scott's return has been pushed back, as the Rays want to see him spend some more time in the rehab assignment through the weekend before he can return.
- The Rays look to move on from this game as they start a four game series with the Angels tonight. The pitching matchups remain tough however as Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68 ERA) will take the hill against the Rays with David Price (15-4, 2.50 ERA) on the mound. First pitch is at 10:05 EST.