Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix pitched a 12 inning Perfect Game against the Milwuakee Braves on May 26, 1959. The only problem was that Lew Burdette was equally as dominating, shutting down the Pirates for 12 innings as well. In the bottom of the 13th, with Haddix still on the mound and the Perfect Game still in tact, a Don Hoak fielding error ended perfection, and two batters later Joe Adcock ended the game with a walk off Home Run that was later changed to a double. Haddix ended up losing one of the greatest games ever pitched in major league history. To add insult to injury, Haddix has his Perfect Game taken off the books in 1991 when Major League Baseball changed the rules defining a no hitter to be a complete game of nine innings or more in which in which the game ended without allowing a hit. The band The Baseball Project, who you can follow on Twitter @BaseballProject immortalized the game with their song “Harvey Haddix”. Give it a listen.
Cleveland Indians journeyman pitcher Justin Germano threw a nine inning Perfect Game for the Columbus Clippers over the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday night. It is only the 5th Perfect Game in the history of the International League. Germano struck out seven batters including Corey Brown looking at a fastball over the inside corner for the final out. Final line was 9IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 7K, WIN. Germano was up with the Indians briefly earlier this year, pitching 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Check out the video of the final out of Germano’s perfect game, the post game interview, and the celebration in the Columbus Clippers Clubhouse.
The Final Out:
Post Game Interview: