Chicago White Sox’s pitcher Mark Buehrle, already the owner of a no-hitter, threw a perfect game this afternoon in Chicago. Today’s perfect game is the 16th in modern history, the first since Randy Johnson’s on May 18th of 2004.
Buehrle (11-3) threw 116 pitches including 6 strikeouts. Ramon Castro caught for Buehrle and Eric Cooper umpired the game. Cooper also umpired Buehrle's previous no-hitter game in which the walk to Sammy Sosa spoiled the perfect game.
Chicago was playing against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Starting for Tampa Bay was Kazmir who game up 5 earned runs in 6 innings pitched.
Buehrle got a big assist from center fielder Dewayne Wise. Wise came in to start the 9th as a defensive replacement. Tamba Bay’s Gabe Kapler led off with a drive to deep left-center, Wise sprinted and, on a dead run, jumped and got his glove above the fence to rob Kapler of a home run.
Buehrle struck out Michel Hernandez and Josh Bartlett grounded out to end the game. Buehrle was mobbed by teammates between the mound and first base.
Aftr the win President Obama made time for a congratulatory call to the pitcher on his favorite baseball team who just threw a perfect game.
Just last week Obama stepped to the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the first pitch at the All-Star game. Obama wore a White Sox jacket and visited Buehrle and other players before the game.