Humber becomes 21st pitcher in history to throw perfect game

Humber becomes 21st pitcher in history to throw perfect game

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SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 21: (ALTERNATE CROP) Starting pitcher Philip Humber #41 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the seventh inning of a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 21, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.�This was the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 22 at 1:16 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Fifteen months ago Philip Humber was just struggling to stay in the majors after being acquired by the Chicago White Sox off Oakland's waiver wire. He's now the 21st pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, and the third in White Sox history.

Humber struck out nine and needed just 96 pitches to lead the White Sox to a 4-0 win at Seattle.

He opened the ninth by fanning Michael Saunders after falling behind 3-and-0 in the count.

After John Jaso flied out, Humber struck out Brendan Ryan swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end it.

Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game for the White Sox against Tampa Bay in July 2009.

Charles Robertson was Chicago's first hurler to do it back in 1922 versus Detroit.

It's the first perfect game and second complete-game no-hitter to be thrown against the Mariners, 16 years after Dwight Gooden no-hit the M's for the Yankees in 1996. Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit Seattle in 1990.
 

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