Driving home from work this afternoon, I caught the tail end of Mark Buehrle’s interview on Jim Rome’s radio show. Rome mentioned that following Buehrle’s 2007 no-hitter, the pitcher had given his teammates watches as a reward for their part in the career highlighting event. The next question, of course, dealt with DeWayne Wise, maker of the history-saving ninth inning catch, and what Buehrle could possibly do to show his gratitude (Rome suggested a new house).
Felix Cespedes should seriously consider buying his teammates…nothing.
The eighteen-year-old Dominican righthander pitched the game of his life for the DSL Phillies on Tuesday. Twenty-seven times members of the rival DSL Mariners came to the plate against him, and twenty-seven times they went back to the dugout without reaching base. Fourteen of those went down on strikes, raising Cespedes league-leading total to 73 on the year, as he attained one of the most astonishing heights a pitcher can reach.
Problem was, Cespedes’ Phillies teammates didn’t do so good with the scoring of the runs, pushing across a grand total of zero in the first nine innings. They certainly had their opportunities: four times, including the top of the ninth, a runner was thrown out attempting to score. He ended up coming out after nine and eventually saw things fall apart: the perfecto went buh-bye in the tenth, the first batter of the twelfth finished the no-hitter, and the fourth batter of the twelfth ended the shutout and lost the game for the visitors.
And so goes the young career of Felix Cespedes, who despite pitching a fourteen strikeout perfect game still holds a season record of 0-4.