Philip Humber dropped to his knees. Brendan Ryan had swung at his 3-2 breaking ball, which was in the left-handers batter's box. It rolled away from A.J. Pierzynski, who didn't look like a 35-year-old backstop the way he pounced on the ball and threw to first.
The ball easily beat Ryan to the bag. Philip Humber had thrown a perfect game. He was mobbed by his teammates, with the sight a familiar one to White Sox fans. Less than three years ago, Mark Buehrle accomplished the same feat against Tampa Bay, although he needed a spectacular catch by Dewayne Wise to save his perfecto.
Humber needed no such play. He absolutely mowed the Mariners down, only needing 97 pitches to retire all 27 batters. He struck out nine, with every Mariners starter except shortstop Munenori Kawasaki going down on strikes. Even Ichiro.
It was the third perfect game in White Sox history Saturday afternoon against Seattle, joining Charlie Robinson (1922) and Buehrle (2009) to accomplish the feat in a Sox uniform.
He previously had a brush with history, taking a no-hitter into the seventh against the Yankees last April -- nearly a year ago to the date of today's game.
Carlos Rodon has been part of the White Sox organization for five years and has never had a winning season and has been injured. Chuck Garfien is joined by Rodon to discuss his career with the White Sox, getting over his injuries and the determination to start winning now.
(2:13) - Where Rodon is physically
(7:00) - What it's like to come back from Tommy John surgery
(11:30) - It's time to start winning
(16:06) - Chuck's recap of the interview
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
White Sox Talk Podcast
Of all the excitement surrounding the White Sox entering 2020, Luis Robert might have the most juice right now.
After dominating three levels of the minors last season and fresh off signing a lucrative contract extension before even playing in a big league game, Robert has plenty of buzz around him. On Tuesday, he showed off a little bit of why in Cactus League action.
Robert roped a ball into the right-center field gap and raced to third for a triple.
Robert is known for his power and speed combination, which led to a 30-30 season in the minors last year. This is a good example of it.
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