Philip Humber during his Perfect Game. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history today in Seattle. It was a completely dominating performance by the right-hander, as the only ball that was hit hard was a fly out to Alex Rios by Dustin Ackley in the fourth inning.
In the ninth, Humber went 3-0 to the first hitter, Michael Saunders, but came back and struck him out. Pinch hitter John Jaso hit an easy flyout to Rios for the second out. Brendan Ryan pinch hit with two outs in the ninth, and on a 3-2 count, couldn't check his swing as umpire Brian Runge rang him up. The ball had trickled away from A.J. Pierzynski, but with Ryan arguing with the umpire all it took was an easy toss to first to complete the Perfect Game.
Humber struck out nine on the day.
On offense, the Sox took an early lead as Paul Konerko hit the 398th homer of his career in the second inning.
In the third, Beckham led off with a single. After a failed bunt by Alejandro De Aza, Brent Morel hit a liner to third that bounced out of Kyle Seager's glove for a single. After Adam Dunn flew to center, Konerko came through again with a rocket off of the left field wall for an RBI single. Pierzynski followed with a single to right to score Morel to make it 3-0.
In the top of the ninth, Brent Lillibridge singled for his first hit on the season, stole second, moved to third on a grounder by Beckham and scored on a single by De Aza.
But the story of the day was Humber, who collapsed to his knees after the final out. What a day.