MLB World reacts to Drew Rasmussen losing his perfect game
Drew Rasmussen came within three strikeouts in history on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher mowed down the Baltimore Orioles in eight perfect innings. However, he lost his perfect game bid when Jorge Mateo started the last frame with a brace.
Mateo scored on wild pitch before the Rays retired Rasmussen with 87 shots. Jason Adam recorded the final two outs to secure the 4-1 win at Tropicana Field.
Bally Sports showed the 27-year-old right-hander walking out of the game to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
As Ben Verlander noted, no one has pitched a perfect game since Felix Hernandez finished the 23rd perfecto in MLB almost exactly a decade ago.
According to Neil Solondz, Rasmussen has gone further than any Rays pitcher.
ESPN Stats & Info also highlighted its impeccable efficiency. Manager Kevin Cash didn’t have to make the difficult decision to remove his starter early.
Rasmussen even gained an “awesome baby” from college basketball guru and Tampa Bay resident Dick Vitale.
Rasmussen didn’t have a perfect game, but he improved his ERA to 2.80 with his seventh win of the season.
The win also increased Tampa Bay’s lead for the AL’s final wildcard spot to 1.5 games against Baltimore and the Minnesota Twins.