Félix Hernández's perfect game

On August 15, 2012, Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández pitched the 23rd and most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first in Mariners' franchise history.[1] Pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, Hernández retired all 27 batters that he faced and tallied 12 strikeouts in a 1–0 victory.[2]

This was the third perfect game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, following perfect games thrown by Philip Humber and Matt Cain,[3] marking the first time that three perfect games were thrown in one MLB season.[4] Also, as the Mariners were the losing team in Humber's perfect game, this was the first time that a team was on the losing and winning end of a perfect game in the same season.[1] As Philip Humber's perfect game took place when the White Sox were visiting Safeco Field, this marked the first time two perfect games were thrown in the same park in the same season. It was also the second time in 2012 that the Mariners had pitched a no-hitter at Safeco Field; they pitched a combined no-hitter on June 8, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, also 1–0,[5] making it the first time that a team pitched a combined no-hitter and complete game no-hitter in the same season.[5] It also marked the third time the Tampa Bay Rays had been on the receiving end of a perfect game in four seasons, having previously failed to reach first base against Dallas Braden in 2010 and Mark Buehrle in 2009.[1] Evan Longoria, Carlos Peña, Melvin Upton, Jr. and Ben Zobrist all played for the Rays in all three games, tying Alfredo Griffin's dubious mark for most losing perfect games played in.

Félix Hernández's perfect game
Pre-Game Bullpen Session (4667946665)
Félix Hernández pitched the third perfect game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, tallying 12 strikeouts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Seattle Mariners 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 5 0
DateAugust 15, 2012
VenueSafeco Field
CitySeattle, Washington
TelevisionRoot Sports Northwest
TV announcersDave Sims (play-by-play)
Dan Wilson (color commentary)
Radio announcersRick Rizzs (play-by-play)
Ken Wilson (color commentary)

The game

Hernández threw 113 pitches, 77 of them strikes, striking out the side in the sixth and the eighth innings. Jeremy Hellickson, the starting pitcher for Tampa Bay, allowed one run in seven innings on a run batted in single by Jesús Montero in the third inning.[6] Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected from the game in the seventh inning for arguing a called strike with the home plate umpire Rob Drake.[5]



Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay Rays (63–54) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Seattle Mariners (55–64) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 5 0
WP: Félix Hernández (11–5)   LP: Jeremy Hellickson (7–8)

Box score

Sam Fuld, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .262
B. J. Upton, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Matt Joyce, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Evan Longoria, DH 3 0 0 0 0 2 .297
Ben Zobrist, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .257
Carlos Peña, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .191
Jose Lobaton, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 .228
  Desmond Jennings, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .254
Elliot Johnson, SS 2 0 0 0 0 2 .245
  Jeff Keppinger, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .319
Sean Rodriguez, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .206
Totals 27 0 0 0 0 12 .000


  • E: Johnson, E (10, fielding).
  • DP: Zobrist-Pena, C.
Jeremy Hellickson (L, 7–8) 7 5 1 1 1 1 0 3.39
Kyle Farnsworth 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.95
Totals 8 5 1 1 1 2 0 1.13
Dustin Ackley, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .225
Michael Saunders, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .237
Jesus Montero, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 .266
John Jaso, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286
Kyle Seager, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Justin Smoak, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .189
Trayvon Robinson, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .227
Eric Thames, RF 2 0 0 0 1 0 .234
Brendan Ryan, SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 .199
Totals 29 1 5 1 1 2 .172


  • 2B: Jaso (14, Hellickson).
  • TB: Ryan, B; Montero, J; Jaso 2; Ackley; Robinson, T.
  • RBI: Montero, J (46).
  • 2-out RBI: Montero, J.
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thames; Seager, K.
  • Team RISP: 1-for-3.
  • Team LOB: 5.


  • SB: Ryan, B (9, 2nd base off Hellickson/Lobaton).
Félix Hernández (W, 11–5) 9 0 0 0 0 12 0 2.60
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 12 0 0.00

Other info

  • WP: Hellickson.
  • Pitches-strikes: Hellickson 115-73; Farnsworth 15-9; Hernández, F 113-77.
  • Groundouts-flyouts: Hellickson 10-5; Farnsworth 0-1; Hernández, F 8-5.
  • Batters faced: Hellickson 27; Farnsworth 3; Hernández, F 27.
  • Ejections: Rays manager Joe Maddon (by HP umpire Rob Drake, 7th inning).
  • Umpires: HP: Rob Drake; 1B: Joe West; 2B: Sam Holbrook; 3B: Andy Fletcher.
  • Weather: 79 degrees, sunny.
  • Wind: 4 mph, in from CF.
  • Time: 2:22.
  • Attendance: 21,889.
  • Venue: Safeco Field.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Stone, Larry (August 16, 2012). "Perfect! Mariners' Felix Hernandez throws perfect game". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mariners 1, Rays 0". Major League Baseball Advanced Media, LP. August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Tucker, Heather (August 15, 2012). "Felix Hernandez pitches perfect game". USA Today. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Bahr, Chris (August 15, 2015). "Flashback: Mariners' King Felix pitches perfect game vs. Rays". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Associated Press (August 15, 2012). "Felix Hernandez throws perfect game, overpowers Rays". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Felix Hernandez pitches a perfect game | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter". Tracking.si.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
Andy Fletcher (umpire)

Andrew Jay Fletcher (born November 17, 1966) is an umpire in Major League Baseball, wearing number 49. Fletcher worked in the National League in 1999 and has worked across both major leagues since 2000. Fletcher has appeared in one Major League Baseball All-Star Game and in one World Baseball Classic. He's been involved in just one postseason game, which is the worst postseason-to-regular season ratio for an MLB umpire.

Brendan Ryan (baseball)

Brendan Wood Ryan (born March 26, 1982) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award in 2012.

While he has typically fielded at shortstop in his professional career, Ryan has been known to play at second and third base and on a rare occasion as a first baseman. Ryan has earned a reputation as one of the finest defensive players in the league.

Chris Bosio

Christopher Louis Bosio (born April 3, 1963) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and pitching coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners from 1986 to 1996. He was listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and 225 pounds (102 kg), and both threw and batted right-handed. Bosio has served as a pitching coach in MLB for the Brewers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers.

Dennis Martínez's perfect game

On July 28, 1991, Dennis Martínez of the Montreal Expos pitched the 13th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. A native of Granada, Nicaragua, Martínez became the first pitcher born outside of the United States to pitch a perfect game. (He has since been joined by Venezuela native Félix Hernández, who pitched a perfect game in 2012.) The perfect game also made the Dodgers, the losing team in Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988, the first team to be on the losing end of consecutive perfect games; they have since been joined by the Tampa Bay Rays, who were the losing team in Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 and Dallas Braden's perfect game the following year. After completing the perfect game, Martínez slowly walked into the Dodger Stadium dugout, sat down by himself and cried.

The perfect game is the last of four no-hitters in Montreal Expos history, Bill Stoneman having pitched two, in 1969 (the franchise's inaugural season, and only nine games into its history) and 1972, and Charlie Lea in 1981. After the 2004 season, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., where it became the Washington Nationals, and would not record the first no-hitter in its Washington history until Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins on September 28, 2014.

Fredy Montero

Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz (born 26 July 1987), known as Fredy Montero (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði monˈteɾo], is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Montero is Seattle Sounders FC's all-time top scorer in official club competitions, scoring 64 goals with the club between 2009 and 2012. Montero has been called up to the Colombian national team five times, scoring once in an unofficial match against Catalonia.

Montero began playing youth soccer at Deportivo Cali at age six. He earned his professional debut at age 18 in 2005 before being sent on loan to Academia for the season. Montero was loaned to Atlético Huila for two additional years, becoming the league topscorer in the 2007 Torneo Apertura before returning to Deportivo Cali and becoming league top scorer for a second time in the 2008 Torneo Finalización.

Montero was loaned to the Major League Soccer expansion team Seattle Sounders in 2009, where he was named Newcomer of the Year and led the team in goals. Montero was sold to the Sounders in 2010 and became a Designated Player and a permanent resident of the United States. During his four seasons as a Sounders player, Montero was named to the MLS All-Star squad twice, playing against Everton in 2009 and being named inactive in 2010.

Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Robert Hellickson (born April 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. Following the 2011 season, Hellickson was named American League Rookie of the Year. In Tampa Bay, Hellickson was nicknamed "Hellboy" by local fans and media.

John Jaso

John Edward Jaso (; born September 19, 1983) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. Jaso mostly served as a designated hitter and catcher throughout his career, but had to stop catching due to concussion issues. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates.

List of Major League Baseball no-hitters

This is a list of no-hitters in Major League Baseball history. In addition, all no-hitters that were broken up in extra innings or were in shortened games are listed, although they are not currently considered official no-hitters. (Prior to 1991, a performance in which no hits were surrendered through nine innings or in a shortened game was considered an official no-hit game.) The names of those pitchers who threw a perfect game no-hitter are italicized. For combined no-hitters by two or more pitchers on the same team, each is listed with his number of innings pitched. Games which were part of a doubleheader are noted as either the first game or second game. The most recent no-hitter was pitched by Taylor Cole and Félix Peña of the Los Angeles Angels on July 12, 2019.

An official no-hit game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings thrown by the pitcher(s). In a no-hit game, a batter may still reach base via a walk, an error, a fielder's choice, an intentional walk, a hit by pitch, a passed ball or wild pitch on strike three, or catcher's interference. Also, due to these methods of reaching base, it is possible for a team to score runs without getting any hits.

While the vast majority of no-hitters are shutouts, no-hit teams have managed to score runs in their respective games a number of times. Five times a team has been no-hit and still won the game: two notable victories occurred when the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Houston Colt .45s (now called the Houston Astros) 1–0 on April 23, 1964 even though they were no-hit by Houston starter Ken Johnson, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2–1 on April 30, 1967 even though they were no-hit by Baltimore starter Steve Barber and reliever Stu Miller. In another four games, the home team won despite gaining no hits through eight innings, but these are near no-hitters under the 1991 rule that nine no-hit innings must be completed in order for a no-hitter to be credited.

The pitcher who holds the record for the shortest time between no-hitters is Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher in history to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts, while playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 1938. Besides Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds (in 1951), Virgil Trucks (in 1952), Nolan Ryan (in 1973), and Max Scherzer (in 2015) are the only other major leaguers to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season. Jim Maloney technically threw two no-hitters in the 1965 season, but his first one ended after he allowed a home run in the top of the 11th inning. According to the rules interpretation of the time, this was considered a no-hitter. Later that season, Maloney once again took a no-hitter into extra innings, but this time he managed to preserve the no-hitter after the Reds scored in the top half of the tenth, becoming the first pitcher to throw a complete game extra inning no-hitter since Fred Toney in 1917.Roy Halladay threw two no-hitters in 2010: a perfect game during the regular season and a no-hitter in the 2010 National League Division Series. He is the only major leaguer to have thrown no-hitters in regular season and postseason play.

The first black pitcher to toss a no-hitter was Sam Jones who did it for the Chicago Cubs in 1955. The first Latin pitcher to throw one was San Francisco Giant Juan Marichal in 1963. The first Asian pitcher to throw one was Los Angeles Dodger Hideo Nomo in 1996.

Through July 12, 2019, there have been 301 no-hitters officially recognized by Major League Baseball, 258 of them in the modern era (starting in 1901, with the formation of the American League). Joe Borden's no-hitter in 1875 is also noted, but is not recognized by Major League Baseball (see note in the chart).

List of Seattle Mariners no-hitters

The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1977, they play in the American League West division. Pitchers for the Mariners have thrown six (6) no-hitters in franchise history. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only when a pitcher (or pitchers) "allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings." The first perfect game in Mariners' history (a special subcategory of no-hitter in which "no batter reaches any base during the course of the game") was thrown on August 15, 2012 by Félix Hernández, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 victory with 12 strikeouts. The Félix Hernández perfect game and Hisashi Iwakuma no hitter both took place as Wednesday matinee games that were "Mariners Camp Day" where the team hosted local summer camps.

Rob Drake

Robert Paul Drake (born May 24, 1969) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He was named to the Major League staff in 2010, and wears uniform number 30.

Sam Holbrook

Samuel Woodford Holbrook (born July 7, 1965) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wears number 34.

Sean Rodriguez

Sean John Rodriguez (born April 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Rodriguez was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the third round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut in 2008. He has played in MLB for the Angels, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Atlanta Braves. While primarily a second baseman, Rodriguez has started at every position in his MLB career except for catcher.

Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West Division. The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.

The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992. They adopted their current team colors – navy blue, northwest green (teal), and silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.

The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, and has since become an iconic moment in team history.

The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season.

Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons. The Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, and one of two (along with the Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series. They hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since their 116-win season in 2001.

Key personnel
Retired numbers
All-Star Games hosted (2)
American League
West Division titles (3)
Wild card berths (1)
Minor league affiliates
Key personnel
American League pennants (1)
Division titles (2)
Wild-Card berths (2)
Retired numbers
Minor league

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.