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Clay Buchholz strikes out side in 9 pitches for 47th 'perfect inning'

Posted by Leonard Neslin  August 17, 2012 08:45 AM

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Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw baseball's 23rd perfect game Wednesday. On Thursday, Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz struck out three Orioles hitters on nine pitches in the sixth inning -- the 47th "perfect inning" in MLB history.

The nine pitches, according to MLB.com's Gameday, featured three foul balls, three called strikes, and three swinging strikes.

Buchholz vs. Adam Jones
Strike 1. Called strike on 77-mph curve
Strike 2. Swinging strike on 77-mph curve
Strike 3. Called strike on 90-mph cutter

Buchholz vs. Matt Weiters
Strike 1. Foul on 91-mph four-seam fastball
Strike 2. Swinging strike on 89-mph cutter
Strike 3. Called strike on 93-mph four-seam fastball

Buchholz vs. Chris Davis
Strike 1. Foul on 92-mph four-seam fastball
Strike 2. Foul on 91-mph cutter
Strike 3. Swinging strike on 86-mph splitter

The Red Sox righthander's perfect frame immediately followed his team's game-winning rally, a three-run sixth inning to help the Sox to a 6-3 victory at Camden Yards.

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