Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game on Wednesday night in front of his home fans at Safeco Field in Seattle. His perfect game masterpiece was Seattle Mariners’ first in franchise history. The 2010 Cy Young Award winner in the American League overpowered his Tampa Bay opponents by striking out 12 batters in his 1-0 win. It was the 23rd perfect game pitched in major league baseball history.
This season Hernandez’ performance has help the franchise keep Seattle fans interested in the team. This will be the eleven consecutive seasons that the team has not been to the playoffs. However, the pitcher is loved in Seattle, not only for what he can do on the mound, but because he has not jumped ship and gone to another club.
Hernandez, in 2010, could have played out the end of his contract and entered the lucrative free agent market where he would have been assured of a huge contract. Nevertheless, he signed a contract extension of four seasons through the end 2014 to stay in Seattle.
It was the third time this season that a perfect game has been pitched in the majors. Philip Humber pitched the first in April in a Chicago White Sox win over the Seattle Mariners. In June, the San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain pitched the second perfect game of the season against the Houston Astros.
There have been six no-hitters this season with close to six weeks still left to play. Of the six this season, three have been at Seattle’s Safeco Field. There have only been two seasons where seven no hitters were thrown. One was in 1990 and the second was a year later in 1991.