Rays victim of perfect game in Oakland
For the second time in less than a year, the Rays were the victims of a perfect game.
Sunday, it was Oakland’s Dallas Braden who retired them 27 and 27 down.
Braden became the 19th pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game.
Read more about the perfect game here. The Rays were on the receiving end last July 23 when Chicago’s Mark Buehrle became the 18th.
It is the closest gap a team has had two perfect games thrown against them in baseball history – the Dodgers had nothing against Cincinnati’s Tom Browning on Sept. 16, 1988, and Montreal’s Dennis Martinez on July 28, 1991. The Twins are the only other team to have two throw against them, though 30 years apart. (The first of those was right here in Oakland by Catfish Hunter, on May 8, 1968.
UPDATE, 6:01: Rays are now blanked through eight innings. A's 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff made a pretty good play running down a foul pop in the edge of the dugout to get Carlos Pena out.
UPDATE, 5:44: Rays are now blanked through seven innings. Jason Bartlett had what may have been their hardest hit ball, a liner to left leading off the seventh. And Braden has thrown only 88 pitches.
UPDATE, 5:32: Rays are now blanked through six innings, though Gabe Kapler at least gave it a battle with a 12-pitch at-bat that included a couple of near-miss foul balls.
DEVELOPING: The Rays haven't been hitting much lately, and so far today they haven't done anything - 15 up and 15 down against A's starter Dallas Braden, who has a perfect game through five innings.
Evan Longoria drew some jeers from the sparse crowd of 12,228 when he tried to bunt his way on leading off the fifth, but the ball rolled foul. As much as Braden objected to A-Rod breaking an "unwritten" rule by running across the mound a few weeks ago, he surely would have had something interesting to say if that's how his no-hitter was broken up.