Humber needed only 96 pitches to accomplish the feat, the second fewest in a perfect game to David Cone’s 88 vs. the Expos on July 18, 1999. Humber needed just eight pitches to get through the fourth, and only six in both the fifth and sixth.
Humber struck out nine hitters, including the last hitter Brendan Ryan in controversial check-swing fashion. Think about that, he stuck out nine, meaning he had to throw guaranteed 27 pitches. Obviously, he couldn’t throw all strikes during that time. He was incredibly efficient still though.
Now, for that controversial check swing, here is the video of it. You make the call:
In my eyes it could go either way. He seemed to have swung but in any other situation would it have been called? This umpire didn’t want to blow it like Jim Joyce did with Armando Galarraga’s almost perfect game.
Here is the whole 9th inning:
For those of you who don’t remember, Humber, 29, was originally drafted by the New York Mets and then was acquired by the Sox last season in an under-the-radar move . Humber was actually one of the key pieces that the New York Mets sent to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal, but he never lived up to the hype for the Twins.
Piece of trivia for the day:
Humber is the seventh former Met to pitch a no-hitter. How about that, seven of them did it after leaving the Mets. Still, there has never been a Met to throw one. Life is always unfair to the other side of New York.
The pitchers to throw no-hitters after the Mets,
Nolan Ryan (seven no hitters in his career), Tom Seaver (Cincinnati Reds), Mike Scott (Houston Astros), Dwight Gooden (New York Yankees), David Cone (Yankees), Hideo Nomo (Boston Red Sox), and Philip Humber (Chicago White Sox).
Humber appearantly had his mind elsewhere, as his wife is nine months pregnant. He was concerned that she wouldn’t make it through the day.
“I’m just so happy. There’s so many good things happening right now and this adds to the list,” said Humber.
Congratulations both on your future child and your perfect game. Life is good right now in the Humber household.