Although that night’s starter Kevin Millwood was throwing well, he left in the sixth inning with an injury. His teammates stepped up, and when it was over, five Mariners pitchers had matched Millwood’s form. Relievers Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined on the final three innings for the Mariners third no-hitter in the team’s 35-year history.
If the no-hitter was unusual, Felix’s perfecto was one for the record books.
It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Felix was on, thoroughly dominating the Rays. He went to a three-ball count on only three hitters (Ben Zobrist, Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce). B.J. Upton hit a hard grounder in the seventh that shortstop Brendan Ryan scooped up, getting Upton at first.
By then, the buzz in the ballpark and around town was building. Rays skipper Joe Maddon even tried to get in Felix’s head when he got tossed for arguing a called strike. It didn’t work. Felix finished off the Rays with 12 strikeouts for the first perfect game in Mariners history.
Relive the thrill of that amazing game, as well as the combined no-hitter on ROOT SPORTS on Monday at 7:30pm after a special two-part Mariners All Access–Tricks of the Trade starting at 6:30pm.
A DVD of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is available beginning today in Seattle Mariners Team Stores.
The DVD includes the entire August 15th game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including the live post-game interview with Hernandez. The DVD gives viewers the option of listening to the radio play-by-play announcers Rick Rizzs and Ken Wilson (on 710 ESPN), or the television announcers, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers (on ROOT SPORTS).
Bonus features include an exclusive interview with Felix by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a video music tribute to Felix’s perfect performance produced by ROOT SPORTS for their “Mariners All Access” program.
The Mariners first perfect game was only the 23rd in Major League Baseball history. In his dominant performance, Felix struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays, winning the game 1-0.
The DVD, which is available in all Mariners Team Stores starting today, sells for $10 each. Mariners team stores are located at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle at 4th and Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.
To celebrate pitching perfection of Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will turn Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” on Tuesday evening, August 21, as Felix takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians. Game time is 7:10 pm.
Tuesday will mark Felix’s first start after completing the first perfect game in Mariners history (and the 23rd in Major League Baseball history) yesterday at Safeco Field, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0.
The usual “King’s Court” section in left field for Felix’s home starts has been expanded to the “Supreme Court” for this game. The first 34,000 (in honor of his uniform number 34) fans entering the ballpark Tuesday will receive a special bright yellow “King of Perfection” t-shirt and the commemorative “K” card will include a classic photo from the perfect game on the back side.
Special ticket prices will be featured Tuesday. View Level seats have been priced as low as $10 and Main Level seats as low as $30.
This has all the makings of another exciting summer night at Safeco Field, as fans salute Felix. “It’s good to be the King.”
Tickets are on sale now available without service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th & Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall & Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available online at mariners.com and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).
FELIX WILL BE RECOGNIZED PRE-GAME TOMORROW NIGHT
Felix will be given a special plaque to commemorate his historic achievement prior to Friday night’s game at Safeco Field against the Minnesota Twins. Game time is 7:10 pm. Get to the park early to witness this presentation.
Here is a look at the front pages of several newspapers local, national and even international highlighting the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history thrown by Felix Hernandez.