After the 8th inning, White Sox fans everywhere were saying Hawk Harrelson’s immortal words from Mark Buehrle’s perfect game to eachother, with just one small change:
Call your sons! Call your daughters! Call your friends! Call your neighbors! Philip Humber has a perfect game going into the ninth!
Indeed he was, and he got the job done.
White Sox shortshtop Alexei Ramirez douses Philip Humber with ice water after Humber's perfect game. (Screengrab credit: Chuck Garfein)
Humber’s stat line today was remarkable: 9 innings, 0 hits, 0 walks, 9 Ks, and only 97 pitches. He didn’t go to a 3-ball count at all until the 9th inning.
And this perfect certainly ended in a unique fashion: Brendan Ryan tried to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch, didn’t, but the ball got away from AJ Pierzynski. AJ got it and threw to first to complete the perfect bid.
Oh, and the White Sox won 4-0 to go to two games over .500.
Humber, as usual, was humble and classy in the postgame, talking about the balls the Mariners hit hard and giving credit to his defense.
Phil, credit to you. What a great comeback story.
All I have to say is: YEEEYESSSSSS!
Note: This was the 21st perfect game in MLB history, and Humber joins Mark Buehrle as recent White Sox to throw a perfecto.