For the Tampa Bay Rays, having a perfect game thrown against them was an all-too-familiar feeling. This was the third time in four seasons they had a perfect game pitched against them, following efforts by Dallas Braden in 2010 and Mark Buehrle in 2009.
It was the third perfect game in baseball this season – a first – joining gems by Chicago’s Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco’s Matt Cain versus Houston in June. More than half of all perfectos – 12 – have come in the last 25 seasons.
This also was the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season. Humber threw his gem in Seattle, then six M’s pitchers combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless at the park on June 8.