Mark Buehrle tossed the 18th perfect game in baseball history yesterday thanks, in part, to a gravity defying, homer robbing catch by Dewayne Wise, who had just been inserted into the game as a defensive replacement. Wise told an interviewer later that he told himself to be ready because it seems like whomever enters the game has a ball hit immediately in his direction. Except that Wise had to run about 120 feet at full speed, leap and catch his foot on the wall as an extra prop, and then catch the ball while suspended in the air – banging against the wall and railing – then falling and watching the ball tumble out of his glove as he pulled it back into play and finishing by rescuing the ball (and the perfect game) barehanded.
The best comment/stat I saw was a note saying that this was the first time a perfect game had occured where the pitcher was throwing to a catcher (Ramon Castro) for the very first time. It’s Buerhle’s second no-hitter (he topped Texas in 2007), and had the same home plate umpire (Eric Cooper). Okay – I admit, I dialed up MLB.com and watched the last two innings at the office while prepping advertising orders…
In other news…
The hard-charging Houston Astros took a hit when Lance Berkman hit the DL with his calf injury. Taking his roster spot will be middle infielder Edwin Maysonet – not a prospect, really, but a versatile position player. [SI]
Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang wants a second opinion on his ailing shoulder – which doesn’t bode well for a return in 2009 and leaves the team and player in a lerch. [SI]
The Phillies lost two relievers to the DL yesterday: J.C. Romero (forearm strain) and Chad Durbin (back). To help, Philadelphia recalled Tyler Walker and Andrew Carpenter, each of whom had made quick stints with the Phillies earlier in the season. [ESPN]
Walker is a serviceable middle reliever, 33-years-old, and has bounced around a bit – pitching with the Mets, Giants (twice), Rays, and now the Phillies. Andrew Carpenter has been pretty successful in the minors (34 – 20, 3.49) and was doing very well at AAA Lehigh Valley. He looks to be someone who could help as a swingman or even fourth starter in the majors. Carpenter may not be an early round fantasy pick, but he could make a few teams in his career.
FoxSports reporter Ken Rosenthal says that the Rays could enter a bidding war for Roy Halliday or Cliff Lee if they could part with someone with a high salary, therefore getting some payroll flexibility. Is Scott Kazmir available? Apparently, yes. [FoxSports]
ESPN’s Buster Olney gives eight reasons Halliday should become a Phillie. And it’s not just to save the wounded bullpen. [ESPN]
Toronto starter Dustin McGowan added injury to injury when he had his right knee scoped. He’s already on the DL following shoulder surgery and injured the knee exercising. [FoxSports]
Cleveland traded Rafael Betancourt to Colorado for Connor Graham. The surging rockies could use a dependable reliever now that Manny Corpas is on the DL following an elbow scope to remove debris, and the Indians are stockpiling prospects. Is Connor Graham a prospect? The 2007 5th round pick out of Miami (Ohio) University is big (6′ 7″ and 235), strikes people out, must have a lot of movement on his pitches because he’s hard to hit and walks too many guys. So far, he’s a rotation version of Mitch Williams – well, he has better control than Williams, but you get the picture. [SI]
Welcome Back! The White Sox recalled Bartolo Colon from the DL, sending Carlos Torres back to AAA. Kelly Johnson returns to the Braves after his DL stint.
Hurry Back! The Royals lost outfielder Jose Guillen to a lateral collateral ligiment tear. Rays reliever Chad Bradford is on the DL with tightness in his lower back.