Oakland’s Dallas Braden Enters Record Books with Perfect Game
His previous claim to fame was being the pitcher who shouted at New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez after the slugger crossed the mound before returning to first base. Now, Oakland Athletics starter Dallas Braden will not need Rodriguez to get talked about after throwing the 19th perfect game in modern Major League history.
Braden did not surrender a single hit to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday to give the A’s a 4-0 victory against the hottest Major League team today. Braden threw 109 pitches with 77 strikes, including 6 strikeouts. The 26-year-old pitcher dedicated his perfect game to his grandmother, whom he immediately hugged after Oakland shortstop Cliff Pennington caught the 27th and final out.
Braden’s feat came 42 years since Jim “Catfish” Hunter achieved the last perfect game for an Oakland pitcher. Braden’s perfect game is also the second-consecutive against the Rays, who were also in the receiving end when the White Sox’s Mark Buehrle threw his own version on July 23 last year.
Braden last hit the headlines when he engaged Rodriguez in a shouting match last month. Rodriguez criticized Braden’s career achievements after the game, with the slugger responding to the pitcher’s comments by saying “I really don’t want to extend Braden’s 15 minutes of fame.”