Roy Halladay Throws Second Perfect Game in the Majors in May

On May 9th, Dallas Braden of the Oakland A's pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history. Despite the rarity, major league fans have now seen the 20th perfect game in history, pitched on Saturday by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

A no-hitter is rare enough, but a perfect game is far rarer. It means not just no hits, but that not a single batter reached base for any reason, including errors, walks, hit batsmen, or even obscure things like a passed ball on a strikeout.

Still, there have been three perfect games in the last 10 months, with Mark Buehrle pitching one last July 23 for the Chicago White Sox against Tampa Bay.

Roy Halladay struck out 11 during the game. It's the first no-hitter for the Phillies since Kevin Millwood did it in 2003. Philadelphia is one of the teams with more than one pitcher having thrown a perfect game for them. The last perfect game by a Phillie came by Jim Bunning on June 21, 1964.

Roy Halladay improved his season mark to 7-3. He's also thrown five complete games this season including tonight's perfect game. Halladay lowered his era to 1.99 and his WHIP to 0.99.

The full list of perfect games in the "modern era" follows. There were two perfect games pitched in the 19th century, prior to the "modern era."

Cy Young (37), 05-05-1904, Boston 3 vs Philadelphia 0
Addie Joss (28), 10-02-1908, Cleveland 1 vs Chicago 0
Charlie Robertson (26), 04-30-1922, Chicago 2 at Detroit 0
Don Larsen (27), 10-08-1956 New York 2 vs Brooklyn 0 (World Series)
Jim Bunning (32), 06-21-1964, Philadelphia 6 at New York 0
Sandy Koufax (29), 09-09-1965, Los Angeles 1 vs. Chicago 0
Catfish Hunter (22), 05-08-1968, Oakland 4 vs Minnesota 0
Len Barker (25), 05-15-1981, Cleveland 3 vs Toronto 0
Mike Witt (24), 09-30-1984 , California 1 at Texas 0
Tom Browning (28), 09-16-1988, Cincinnati 1 vs. Los Angeles 0
Dennis Martínez (36), 10-28-1991, Montreal 2 at Los Angeles 0
Kenny Rogers (29), 07-28-1994, Texas 4 vs California 0
David Wells (34), 05-17-1998, New York 4 vs Minnesota 0
David Cone (36), 07-18-1999, New York 6 vs Montreal 0
Randy Johnson (40), 05-18-2004, Arizona 2 at Atlanta 0
Mark Buehrle (30), 07-23-2009, Chicago 5 vs Tampa Bay 0
Dallas Braden (26), 05-09-2010, Oakland 4 vs Tampa Bay 0
Roy Halladay (33), 05-29-2010, Philadelphia 1 vs. Florida 0

The perfect games by Braden and Halladay are the first to be thrown in the same season, much less the same month.

Written by Michael Santo
HULIQ.com

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