Kenny Rogers' perfect game

On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched the 14th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, blanking the California Angels 4-0 at The Ballpark at Arlington.[1] Needing 98 pitches to complete his masterpiece, Rogers struck out eight batters. He also survived three-ball counts to seven Angel hitters. The perfect game is, as of 2019, the most recent no-hitter in Ranger history.

Rogers said he did not think about the perfect game until the ninth inning—and the bid was almost broken up one batter in. Rookie center fielder Rusty Greer preserved the bid by making a diving catch of Rex Hudler's sinking line drive to right-center leading off the inning.[2] Greer also caught Gary DiSarcina's fly ball for the game's final out.

Offensively for the Rangers, Jose Canseco hit two home runs. One of them came in the third inning and was on the front end of back-to-back homers with Iván Rodríguez, Rogers' catcher.

The perfect game came three years to the day after Dennis Martínez's perfect game, the last perfect game prior to this one, and made Rogers the third left-hander to pitch a perfect game, joining Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Tom Browning in 1988. It also came 10 years after the Angels' Mike Witt pitched his perfect game against the Rangers, that game taking place in The Ballpark's predecessor, Arlington Stadium. As of 2017, the Angels and Rangers are the only two teams to record perfect games against each other.

The home plate umpire was minor league fill-in Ed Bean, who was working in his 29th Major League game and seventh as home plate umpire. Bean worked only seven more Major League games.[3][4]

Kenny Rogers' perfect game
Ballpark in Arlington May 2009
The game took place at The Ballpark at Arlington
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California Angels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Texas Rangers 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 6 0
DateJuly 28, 1994
VenueThe Ballpark in Arlington
CityArlington, Texas
Managers

Boxscore

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California Angels (42–61) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Texas Rangers (49–53) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 4 6 0
WP: Kenny Rogers (11–6)   LP: Andrew Lorraine (0–2)
Home runs:
CAL: None
TEX: Jose Canseco 2 (29), Iván Rodríguez (14)

References

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/29/sports/baseball-rogers-throws-perfect-game-for-rangers.html
  2. ^ http://miscbaseball.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/kenny-rogers-perfect-game/
  3. ^ http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1994/B07280TEX1994.htm Texas Rangers 4, California Angels 0
  4. ^ http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1994/IUbeane9010001994.htm The 1994 AL Regular Season Umpiring Log for Ed Bean

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Andrew Lorraine

Andrew Jason Lorraine (born August 11, 1972) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1994 to 2002 for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He also played for the La New Bears in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League.

In high school, Lorraine was named the Los Angeles Times High School Pitcher of the Year, and a member of the USA Junior National Team. He was drafted, for a second time, out of Stanford University in the fourth round in 1993 by the California Angels. He pitched for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Lorraine was a pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners organization from 2009-16, and in December 2016 was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a professional scout. Lorraine has been the pitching coach of the Israel national baseball team, and was the pitching coach for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic in South Korea and Japan in March 2017.

Don Denkinger

Donald Anton Denkinger (; born August 28, 1936) is a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1998. Denkinger wore uniform number 11, when the AL adopted uniform numbers in 1980. He is best remembered for an incorrect safe call he made at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, which came to be known as The Call.

Gary DiSarcina

Gary Thomas DiSarcina (born November 19, 1967) is an American former professional baseball shortstop and current third base coach with the New York Mets. He played his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) career for the California / Anaheim Angels.

Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge", is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played for the Texas Rangers (on two different tours, comprising the majority of his career), Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

Rodríguez was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999. He is widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

Rodríguez won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World Series while with the Tigers. He is the major league career leader in putouts by catchers. On June 17, 2009, Rodríguez set an MLB record by catching his 2,227th game, passing Carlton Fisk. During his career, he had the best caught stealing percentage of any major league catcher, at 45.68%.On January 18, 2017, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 76% of the votes cast, and was officially inducted on July 30, 2017.

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