Chicago's Phil Humber Throws Perfect Game

White Sox pitcher tosses 1st perfecto of 2012
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 21, 2012 6:22 PM CDT
Chicago's Phil Humber Throws Perfect Game
This 2012 file photo shows Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox baseball club. Humber has pitched eight perfect innings against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, April 21, 2012.   (Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Phil Humber, who underwent Tommy John surgery seven years ago, threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners today. It was baseball's 21st perfect game and first since Philadelphia's Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was the third in White Sox history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against Detroit on April 30, 1922.

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"This is awesome," Humber said. "I'm so thankful." With the White Sox lined up on the top step of the dugout, Humber fell behind 3-0 to Michael Saunders leading off the ninth. But he rebounded to strike him out. John Jaso then flied out before Brendan Ryan, another pinch-hitter, struck out to end the game. Humber, who was involved in a trade for Johan Santana in 2008, fell to his knees went it was over. "I don't know that I dominated them," he said. "Obviously the ball was hit at people. I'm thankful for that. ... Definitely something I'll never forget." (Read more perfect game stories.)

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