What an awesome accomplishment for Mark Buehrle. And such a thrill for the lucky fans at the park.
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle pitched the first perfect game in the major leagues in five years Thursday and Chicago White Sox center fielder DeWayne Wise got the assist.
Buehrle (11-3) got a great catch from center fielder Wise leading off the ninth inning to save the bid - and the 5-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wise entered at the start of the inning as a defensive replacement and when Gabe Kapler led off with a drive to deep left-center, Wise sprinted and, on a dead run, jumped and got his glove above the fence to rob Kapler of a home run.
The ball almost came out when Wise caromed off the fence, stumbled, fell to the ground and rolled. But he bounced right up, proudly displaying the ball for the crowd in his bare left hand.
Perfect games are few and far between:
It was the 18th perfect game in major league history, the 16th since the modern era began in 1900 and the first since Arizona's Randy Johnson against Atlanta on May 18, 2004.
A perfect game is almost as exciting as discovering new music by Mozart.
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