White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA.
When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history.
Humber tossed nine perfect framess against the Mariners, striking out nine batters, walking none, and yielding only a handful of hard-hit balls (all of which were converted into outs). He needed just 96 pitches, and 67 of those deliveries went for strikes.
It was the first perfect game of Humber’s career, the third in White Sox history, and the 21st in MLB.
“I can’t even put it into words,” Humber told the FOX broadcast in a postgame interview, shortly before being doused with a bucket of ice water by his teammates. He dedicated the achievement to his wife.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.