Humber needed a mere 80 pitches to cruise through the first eight innings, hurling 57 strikes as he retired the first 24 batters he faced.
Humber began the bottom of the ninth inning by falling behind Seattle’s Michael Saunders, 3-0, but somehow managed to strike him out.
John Jaso flied out for out number two. That left just Brendan Ryan between Humber and history.
Humber got him on a wild third strike as Ryan tried to check his swing, but the home plate umpire didn’t think he had stopped his bat.
The ball got away from Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski, who quickly gave chase. Ryan made tried to scramble down to first base but the throw beat him and, suddenly, Philip Humber had thrown a perfect game.
“I mean, I can’t even put it into words,” Humber said after the game. “I’m just so happy. There are so many good things happening right now. This just adds to the list. God is so good.”
This was the 21st perfect game in Major league Baseball history.
Check out the final out in the video below.
- White Sox Humber throws perfect game against Mariners (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Humber enters history books with 21st perfecto (mlb.mlb.com)
- White Sox pitcher Philip Humber throws perfect game (ctv.ca)