|Buehrle throws perfect game|
Written by At Home Plate Staff (Contact & Archive) on July 23, 2009
Mark Buehrle isn't going to impress anyone with an amazing fastball or killer off-speed stuff. Instead, he's going to work quickly, throw strikes and rely on the defense behind him.
Well, Buehrle did that on his way to Thursday's perfect game and the second time he's thrown a no-hitter in his career. His defense recorded 21 of the 27 outs, and he split them about evenly between the air and the ground.
He threw 116 pitches, 76 for strikes. Game time was a smidge over two hours.
There's a little bit of a flukish nature to no-hitters -- the best pitchers usually don't throw them and sometimes the lesser pitchers do, but let this be a lesson for pitchers out there: Throw strikes, let your defense play and more often than not, something good will come of it.