STRIKE ONE -- MR. PERFECT DEPT.Well, Dallas Braden finally found the perfect solution Sunday to make sure no misguided baserunners cut across his mound: Just don't allow any baserunners.
Dallas Braden, .274
David Wells, .271
Mark Buehrle, .271
Kenny Rogers, .270 • Before he achieved perfection Sunday, Braden's lifetime record was only 17-23. So how often does a pitcher with a losing record for his career go out and throw a perfect game? Only three other times in history, as a matter of fact. The other three pitchers who were on the wrong end of .500 before their perfectos: Don Larsen (30-40) in the '56 World Series, Mike Witt (37-40) in 1984 and (coincidence alert) the only other A's pitcher to throw one, Catfish Hunter (28-34) in 1968. Well, unlike those guys, Braden even threw his classic against the team with the best record in baseball. Crazy. • At least Braden still has a chance to avoid becoming the second perfect-game pitcher in history to wind up with a sub-.500 record. The only guy who has ever done that was, strangely enough, the man who threw probably the most famous perfecto ever -- Larsen (81-91).
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