Drew Rasmussen falls three outs shy of perfect game

ST. PETERSBURG — Right-hander Drew Rasmussen came within 3 outs of the very first best video game in Rays history, and the very first one in the Majors in practically precisely a years, in Tampa Bay’s 4-1 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Rasmussen retired each of the very first 24 Orioles players he dealt with prior to Jorge Mateo smacked the very first pitch of the ninth down the left-field line for a leadoff double. The crowd of 18,093 — consisting of those using the Orioles’ orange and black — reacted with a standing ovation for the 27-year-old’s impressive trip, even if he had actually lost out on an opportunity at history.

Rasmussen went into the ninth inning having actually tossed just 79 pitches. He never ever labored, tossing 12 pitches in the 2nd and 16 in the 8th however no more in any other inning. Baltimore hadn’t come especially near to a hit, either. The Orioles started out 7 times while producing just 7 hard-hit balls, according to Statcast, without any protective gems needed on the Rays’ part.

But there was no doubt about Mateo’s hit. He pulled a first-pitch cutter to left, transferred to 3rd on a groundout and occurred to score on a wild pitch by Rasmussen. Manager Kevin Cash emerged from the dugout to eliminate Rasmussen after Brett Phillips reached on another wild pitch. After acknowledging catcher Francisco Mejía, Rasmussen waved to the fans behind Tampa Bay’s dugout as he strolled off the field and reducer Jason Adam trotted to the mound.

Rasmussen’s effort matched the longest perfect-game quote in Rays history, as Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough integrated to retire the very first 24 players they dealt with versus Baltimore at Camden Yards on July 14, 2019. Coincidentally, that bid likewise ended on the very first pitch of the ninth inning.

Longtime Mariners ace Félix Hernández tossed the Majors’ last best video game versus the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012, ten years from Monday. Coincidentally enough, Rasmussen has actually been associated with an ideal video game ever since: He pitched the very first and just perfecto in Oregon State University history versus Washington State on March 21, 2015.

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