Baseball: Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden throws perfect game
Monday, May 10, 2010
Major League Baseball's in the United States, became one of only nineteen players in the history of the MLB to pitch a , in a 4-0 win against the . Braden, aged 26, who retired all 27 batters consecutively on 109 pitches, also earned his first career . In the process of throwing the perfect game, Braden also six Tampa Bay hitters., a left-handed pitcher for
The perfect game was the second pitched in the Athletics' franchise history, the other being thrown bypitcher on May 8, 1968 against the . Braden, at 26, also became the youngest pitcher to throw a complete game since pitcher did so at age 24 in 1984.
The low crowd at the, at only 12,228, was due to the holiday occurring across the United States, Braden, along with every other Major League Baseball player, donned pink equipment for awareness of breast cancer, which has become a tradition for baseball players on Mother's Day. Braden's own mother died of skin cancer when he was a senior in high school, but his grandmother attended the game.
Braden recently drew controversy in the league after publicly criticizingall-star third baseman for crossing the pitcher's mound after a foul ball, which Braden claimed to be an "unwritten rule" in baseball. When asked about the no hitter, Rodriguez simply responded, "Good for him, he threw a perfect game. And even better, he beat the Rays," he said, as the Rays lead the American League East division, the same division that Yankees play in.
"Mother's Day hasn't been a joyous day for me in a while. But to know that I still get to come out and compete and play a game on that day, that makes it a little better. With my grandma in the stands, that makes it a lot better. To be able to give her this today was perfect...," said Braden in a post-game interview with.
|May 9, 2010|
|Oakland Athletics||4-0||Tampa Bay Rays||Oakland Coliseum|
LP: Shields (4-1)
HR: (none) Attendance:12,228
Game time: 2 hrs, 9 min.
Temperature: 59 degrees
- Tyler Kepner. "Athletics’ Braden Pitches Perfect Game" — , 9 May 2010
- "Athletics' Dallas Braden throws perfect game against Tampa Bay Rays" — , 9 May 2010
- Jane Lee. "Perfect in pink! Mother's Day A+ for Braden" — , 9 May 2010