Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber pitched his way into the history books on Saturday. Humber pitched the White Sox to a perfect game win over the Seattle Mariners with a score of 4-0. Humber amazed the baseball world with incredible pitching against a decent Mariners ball club. He performed this incredible feat in just 96 pitches and had 9K’s. This was his first win of the season, and what a great way to way to do it.
Humber is probably the last guy anyone would have expected to throw a perfect game. He went 9-9 last year with a 3.75 ERA in his first full year in the show. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Mets in 2004 and had elbow issues by 2006. He was bounced around the league for a few years and ended up in Chicago off of waivers in 2011. Humber’s performance is inspiring due to the fact he underwent Tommy John surgery 7 years ago. Many pitchers never return to for or develop into a player that can perform such a feat after major surgery on their arm.
Here are some facts of where this perfect game sits in the history books. This was just the 21st perfect game in MLB history. The first one since the Phillies Roy Halloday did it in 2010 against the Florida Marlins. It just the 7th perfect game ever pitched on the Road. The most impressive stat of them all is he did it the earliest in a season ever. Beating the previous record of April 30th by Charles Robertson in 1922.
This season has been very entertaining already, and it isn’t even May yet. I am sure we will see more history going forward. As far as Humber goes, he is in for a wild ride. He will be followed very closely the rest of the year to see how he fares during the grueling season. Can he do it again? That is going to be the fun question that we will be waiting to find the answer to. All eyes will be on him during his next start against a Boston Red Sox club that has been struggling this year. No matter what he does for the rest of the season he has made his mark, and his outing on Saturday will never be forgotten.