Mark Buehrle has officially cemented his status in MLB history as he pitched the 18th perfect game in history on Thursday night. Buehrle was untouchable for the entire game, although there were some tense moments, and has contributed to another lasting memory for baseball fans all over the world. If you missed it, the highlights will be all over the internet and television for weeks to come.
In the 9th inning, on his 105th pitch of the night, the action was more than intense, it was nail biting. Gabe Kapler turned on a pitch and sent the ball soaring into the sky. It looked as if all the effort was for nothing but defensive replacement Dewayne Wise sprinted to the wall, jumped up and pulled the ball down. Not only saving a home run but also saving the perfect game for Buehrle. It was a miraculous catch that capped off a miraculous night in baseball, and one that no one will soon forget.
After that threat was over, Buehrle shut everyone down in the 9th and the White Sox came away with a 5-0 victory. After putting together two no hitters in his career, and coming oh so close, the veteran left hander finally got his perfect game. Whether it was all talent, or a little bit of luck doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters is that Wise caught the ball, Buehrle got the perfect game and the rest is history.
The perfect game also almost ended in the 9th as the lefty fell behind 3-1 to Michel Hernandez but managed to fight his way back and get the strikeout, putting every fan in the stadium on their feet. The last out came on a Jason Bartlett ground out and the stadium erupted and all the White Sox players swarmed the mound. It truly was an example of why the MLB is so popular and so exciting. It really does not get much better than this and Thursday July 23rd will be a night to remember for decades to come. This is what baseball is all about.
Drill Down: Gabe Kapler
, Dewayne Wise
, Michel Hernandez
, Jason Bartlett