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April 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

M’s-White Sox, April 21 game thread

Humber writes history — Setting down the M’s in the ninth in order — even if it was a bit controversial at the end — Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history, as the White Sox win it, 4-0. Plenty more later.
Humber on the verge of history — Phil Humber, the White Sox’ 29-year-old righthander, is three outs away from immortality, having set down the first 24 M’s he’s faced here today. In the eighth, he got Justin Smoak on a strikeout with a breaking pitch, retired Kyle Seager on another breaking pitch that resulted in a liner to left, and Jesus Montero on a weak grounder to second. After eight, White Sox, 3-0.
M’s still hitless after six — Eighteen straight Seattle hitters have gone down to the slants of Phil Humber. The last was Munenori Kawasaki, who tried to bunt his way on with two out in the sixth. But it went directly back to Humber, who threw him out. Humber threw just six pitches in the sixth inning so by my count, that’s 14 pitches the past two innings and just 57 for the game, less than 10 an inning.
Somebody wake up the M’s — Humber is still perfect, having set down the M’s in the fifth on a popup and two fly balls. I think it was about an eight-pitch inning, bringing him to a mere 51 pitches in five innings. If it’s any consolation for M’s fans, he might not have the arm yet to carry this on for eight or nine innings; in his only start so far in 2012, he lasted 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore (five days ago, allowing six hits and a run). After 5, White Sox 3, M’s 0.
Humber still humming — So far, the M’s are giving new meaning to the word “feeble.” Through four innings, they haven’t so much as a hit, going down in order four times against Phil Humber. He’s struck out five of them, and aside from Dustin Ackley’s liner tracked down in deep right by Alex Rios, there hasn’t been much in the way of well-stroked balls. Meanwhile, Blake Beavan is trying to give Eric Wedge as many innings as he can with a short bullpen. Beavan has thrown 81 pitches through four innings. After four, White Sox, 3-0.
Konerko still cranking, Part 2 — The White Sox are roughing up Blake Beavan — nobody more than Paul Konerko. On a fastball that looked identical to the one Konerko hit for a homer in the second inning, he pounded this one off the wall in left for a run-scoring single in a two-run Sox third. Meanwhile, the M’s are trying to solve Philip Humber, who is perfect through three innings. White Sox 3, Mariners 0.
Konerko still cranking — Few players batter the Mariners like Paul Konerko — you listening out there, Rafael Palmiero? — and he’s at it again. Konerko hit a solo homer to left off Blake Beavan in the top of the second, the 31st in his career, which puts him second among active players against the M’s. Alex Rodriguez is first with 32. Konerko entered the day hitting .405 with nine homers in his last 21 games against Seattle. So it’s 1-0, White Sox, with the M’s still seeking their first hit after two innings.
Hey folks, Bud Withers here. The Times has gone and called me up from High Desert for a spot start today, with Geoff Baker hopefully taking the afternoon off.
Great weather here at Safeco — 56 degrees at game time, probably headed for at least the mid-60s by the end of the day.
Scoreless after 1 — Nothing done with the bats in the first inning. Blake Beavan went through a three-up, three-down first inning. In his first 17 career starts, he has walked only 16 batters. He’s only the sixth pitcher to do that since 2000.

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