October 3, 2022

Drew Rasmussen lost his 9th perfect game as the Rays beat the Orioles

We’ll have to wait a while to see another perfect game at the big-league level.

Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen didn’t allow a baserunner through eight innings before giving up a lead-off double in the ninth inning to the Orioles’ Jorge Mateo on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Mateo Terrin Vavra grounded out to third and came around to score on a wild pitch that chased Brett Phillips, but he advanced to first on a dropped third strike.

That was Rasmussen’s last at-bat, but he got a standing ovation as he was ejected from the game. He had one hit and one run while striking out seven in 8 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander was especially efficient, throwing just 87 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.

The Rays’ Drew Rasmussen pitched Sunday against the Orioles.
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The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-1 as Rasmussen improved to 7-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.80.

The Rays’ win comes a day after the rubber match against the Orioles Benches were cleared in another Tampa win over Baltimore AL East opponents are battling for a wild card spot.

The last perfect game in MLB came on August 15, 2012, when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez had a perfect game against the Rays in Seattle.

Matt Garza is the only Rays pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter.