Friday was a great day to be an Oakland Athletics fan. First off the Athletics’s offense arrived in Toronto as the Athletics pounded the Blue Jays 14-6. The offensive surge was spearheaded by Josh Reddick’s 3 home runs.
While Reddick’s 3 home runs in one game is awesome, this was not the most impressive feat to happen in the Athletics organization on Friday. In Stockton Tanner Peters, starting pitcher for the Ports threw 8-1/3 innings of PERFECT baseball. A perfect game is one if the hardest feats to accomplish in baseball. This means that your pitcher does not walk anyone, give up a hit or hit a batter AND your defense does not commit an error. While the pitcher gets the credit for the perfect game it is truly a team effort.
Tanner’s perfect game was broken up in the top of the 9th inning when Modesto’s Jared Simon slammed a 1 out double off the left field wall. Tanner was pulled immediately after giving up the double and he left to a standing ovation. Enroute to the one hit gem Tanner amassed 14 strikeouts of the 26 batters he faced.
Talking with Ports’s catcher Bruce Maxwell after the game he commented that it was one of the easiest games for him to catch. Tanner’s stuff was magical that night. Bruce was saying that when the double was hit he hoped that the ball had enough topspin on it so that it would not leave the park. He did not want to see the perfect game broken up by a home run.
After the game Tanner was nice enough to stop by section 117 and sign a baseball for me. (Picture is below)
As a lifelong baseball fan this is easily in one of the top 5 games that I have attended. It was an amazing game to witness and Tanner Peters is definitely a pitcher to watch.