Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine could barely believe his eyes.
"I think we've hit bottom," Valentine said. "That's what I told them after the game. You have to sometimes hit bottom. If this isn't bottom, then we'll find some new ends to the Earth, I guess, or something."
Humber throws perfect game
Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber, a late-blooming top prospect who battled past elbow injuries, threw Major League Baseball's first perfect game in nearly two years on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.
The 29-year-old Humber struck out nine as he mowed down the Mariners lineup, retiring each of the 27 batters he faced.
The right-hander, who had won only 11 games over parts of seven seasons in the majors, threw just 96 pitches and needed no fielding heroics to register the perfect game.
In the ninth inning, the former third pick overall from the 2004 draft went to a count of 3-0 to leadoff hitter Michael Saunders, one ball away from issuing a walk that would have cost him his bid for perfection.
But Humber came back to strike him out on a late breaking slider for the first out. John Jaso pinch hit for catcher Miguel Olivo and flew out to right field for out number two.
Then Brendan Ryan was sent in to bat for shortstop Munenori Kawasaki. The last out came by an unusual strikeout, as Ryan, with two strikes on him, failed to check his swing on a pitch low and outside and the umpire signaled strike three.
But the ball bounced in the dirt and got past catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Ryan turned to argue with the umpire rather than make a dash for first base, and Pierzynski pounced on the ball and threw to first baseman Paul Konerko for the final put-out. (AFP/Reuters)