I'm watching Mark Buehrle's perfect game encore broadcast because I was working during the live showing. It's hard to distinguish this start from most of his other outings, at least after the first few innings.
For my non-Sox fan readers, Buehrle is not a power pitcher. He usually doesn't break 90 mph with his fastball. But he has pinpoint control and can force a lot of ground ball- and fly-outs.
His best was on full display this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. Buehrle dealt 11 ground-ball outs and 10 fly-outs. No heap of strike-outs. That is a typical outing. Buehrle threw 116 pitches. He was working out of several 2-2 and 3-2 counts. And the 25th out of the game was one of the greatest catches ever, when DeWayne Wise robbed Gabe Kapler of a home run.
It was a great pitching performance, and a great defensive effort. I think that is what makes this perfect game, the 18th in MLB history, that much more impressive. It was a perfect game for the entire White Sox team.
A cool fan video of the final out is here.