I saw a perfect game on Thursday night.
At least I think I did.
There was no drama, no celebration, and I’m guessing that many of the 4.510 fans in attendance have no idea that they witnessed International League history.
But they did.
Charlotte’s Carlos Torres retired the first 15 Pawtucket batters through 5 innings when a light rain that had been falling for a few innings turned heavy. The ground crew rolled out the tarp, and after a 45 minute delay, the umps gave the signal that the game was over with Charlotte winning 5-0.
I had to be the most anticlimactic perfect game in baseball history.
I wonder if they popped champagne in the Knights’ clubhouse?
It was the 15th perfect game in International League history, and the first 5-inning perfect game (Mariano Rivera threw a 5-inning no-hitter in 1995).
It was also the first perfect game ever thrown against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The PawSox have been no-hit on three previous occasions – most recently by Toledo’s Jose Lima in 1994.
The only good thing was that the pain was brief – the game only lasted 1:10. The PawSox will be back in the clubhouse at 6:45 am to catch a bus to the airport for a morning flight to Durham, NC.
I hope you’ll tune in on Friday for the start of the 4-game series against the Durham Bulls. Michael Bowden will be on the mound and our pre-game coverage will start at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.
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