Rays don't come close to a hit against A's left-hander

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Dallas Braden definitely owns the mound now. Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history on Sunday, shutting down the majors' hottest team and leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Full Story
Confused by Baseball

Dixon, CA

#1 May 10, 2010
Can someone explain what the pitcher who was only responsible for one third of the outs get the big credit for this "Perfect" game? The Rays' batters only struck out 6 times and never more than once in any inning. All the rest of the plays were due to good fielding by rest of the team to prevent anyone from getting to base. And that was after the pitcher put the ball where the batter could get at it.

So two thirds of the time the pitcher allowed a hit and had to rely on the skills of his teammates. I say three cheers for the WHOLE team and Mr. Braden owes them all a very large Thank You.

Since: Oct 08

Vacaville, CA

#2 May 10, 2010
One of the first things Braden did was to say that this was a TEAM effort. That being said...
Pitching isn't about striking everyone out. Pitching is about control, changing speeds, and keeping batters guessing. There is alot of preparation that goes into pitching a game. They don't just go out there and throw, hoping for the best. Hours of studying film on the opposing lineup are required.
Pitchers try to pitch to a batter's weakness and keep them off-balance. Movement is key, too. Any professional can hit a 100mph fastball if it is straight and down the middle. It is all about location and changing speeds. This minimizes a batter's strengths.
Strikeouts are great, but if a pitcher can get a batter to hit a 'can of corn" or a routine grounder, then the pitcher has done his job.
Yes, it is a team effort, but a "perfecto" is so unique. No walks, no hits, no errors, no hit batsmen.
Remember, these are professional hitters, who are paid millions of dollars for their ability to hit baseballs, and when a pitcher gets 27 of them to fail in a row, he gets most of the credit.
Obvious

Sacramento, CA

#3 May 10, 2010
Emjoe wrote:
One of the first things Braden did was to say that this was a TEAM effort. That being said...
Pitching isn't about striking everyone out. Pitching is about control, changing speeds, and keeping batters guessing. There is alot of preparation that goes into pitching a game. They don't just go out there and throw, hoping for the best. Hours of studying film on the opposing lineup are required.
Pitchers try to pitch to a batter's weakness and keep them off-balance. Movement is key, too. Any professional can hit a 100mph fastball if it is straight and down the middle. It is all about location and changing speeds. This minimizes a batter's strengths.
Strikeouts are great, but if a pitcher can get a batter to hit a 'can of corn" or a routine grounder, then the pitcher has done his job.
Yes, it is a team effort, but a "perfecto" is so unique. No walks, no hits, no errors, no hit batsmen.
Remember, these are professional hitters, who are paid millions of dollars for their ability to hit baseballs, and when a pitcher gets 27 of them to fail in a row, he gets most of the credit.
Well said, and remember the A's are a 'small market' payroll and not one of the big money franchises with an all-star lineup that can punish a pitcher on any given day. Way to go A's!!
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#4 May 10, 2010
Wow!! Perfick game against dis guys. Dey hava way to make ebrybady look like Sandy Kofax

Since: Oct 08

Vacaville, CA

#5 May 10, 2010
Ozzie Guillen wrote:
Wow!! Perfick game against dis guys. Dey hava way to make ebrybady look like Sandy Kofax
I think you've been beaned a few too many times in the coconut there, Ozzie.
Dr Phart

Spring Hill, FL

#11 May 10, 2010
Recent updates on his medical results indicate that Dallas Braden has Rectal Cranial Inversion or more commonly known as " having his head up his a-ss. "
Richard M Dixon

Union City, CA

#12 May 10, 2010
Dr Phart wrote:
Recent updates on his medical results indicate that Dallas Braden has Rectal Cranial Inversion or more commonly known as " having his head up his ****. "
Florida sux! May your state become inundated by a hoard of obnoxious retirees from New York City. But hey, your freaking state is already infested by obnoxious retirees from New York City AND New Joisey.

Oh, and the Tampa Bay Rays is a loser team, worse than the 1969 San Diego Padres.

To there!
D Phart

Spring Hill, FL

#13 May 10, 2010
Richard M Dixon wrote:
<quoted text>
Florida sux! May your state become inundated by a hoard of obnoxious retirees from New York City. But hey, your freaking state is already infested by obnoxious retirees from New York City AND New Joisey.
Oh, and the Tampa Bay Rays is a loser team, worse than the 1969 San Diego Padres.
To there!
Oakland is the a-sshole of the earth. As boring as listening to Sarah Palin.

Since: Oct 08

Vacaville, CA

#14 May 10, 2010
The sad thing about this is that it DID happen in Oakland, the armpit of MLB. A perfect game, and a whopping 12,000 fans saw it live. Perhaps Braden will now have interested clubs once his present contract is up, and he can get the heck out of Oakland.
james

Vacaville, CA

#16 May 10, 2010
Confused by Baseball wrote:
Can someone explain what the pitcher who was only responsible for one third of the outs get the big credit for this "Perfect" game?
No, you're unable to appreciate the magnitude of a perfect game. Move on.
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#17 May 11, 2010
Emjoe wrote:
<quoted text>I think you've been beaned a few too many times in the coconut there, Ozzie.
Ju a funny guy. I neber be hit inna head. My wife kick me inna nuts one time.

Since: Oct 09

Vacaville, CA

#19 May 11, 2010
Emjoe wrote:
One of the first things Braden did was to say that this was a TEAM effort. That being said...
Pitching isn't about striking everyone out. Pitching is about control, changing speeds, and keeping batters guessing. There is alot of preparation that goes into pitching a game. They don't just go out there and throw, hoping for the best. Hours of studying film on the opposing lineup are required.
Pitchers try to pitch to a batter's weakness and keep them off-balance. Movement is key, too. Any professional can hit a 100mph fastball if it is straight and down the middle. It is all about location and changing speeds. This minimizes a batter's strengths.
Strikeouts are great, but if a pitcher can get a batter to hit a 'can of corn" or a routine grounder, then the pitcher has done his job.
Yes, it is a team effort, but a "perfecto" is so unique. No walks, no hits, no errors, no hit batsmen.
Remember, these are professional hitters, who are paid millions of dollars for their ability to hit baseballs, and when a pitcher gets 27 of them to fail in a row, he gets most of the credit.
Great stuff Emjoe

Since: Oct 09

Vacaville, CA

#18 May 11, 2010
Confused by Baseball wrote:
Can someone explain what the pitcher who was only responsible for one third of the outs get the big credit for this "Perfect" game? The Rays' batters only struck out 6 times and never more than once in any inning. All the rest of the plays were due to good fielding by rest of the team to prevent anyone from getting to base. And that was after the pitcher put the ball where the batter could get at it.
So two thirds of the time the pitcher allowed a hit and had to rely on the skills of his teammates. I say three cheers for the WHOLE team and Mr. Braden owes them all a very large Thank You.
If the pitcher of Team A is relieved after the 5th inning and Team A is ahead in the score, the pitcher is said to have
"won" the game.

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