Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How many pitches does it take to throw a perfect game?

Answer: 66, throwing 73% strikes


High school pitcher throws 66-pitch, 48-strike perfect game

msn.com
Doing anything well in high school is hard, because your hormones and peers are generally conspiring to make you as conflicted and inept as possible. But California senior Michael Strem has no time for indecision (or a Goth phase), because he's busy throwing a perfect games. His recent 66-pitch game featured an astonishing 48 strikes, which means he averaged just over three pitches per batter. Comparatively, the record for fewest pitches in a Major League Baseball game was set in 1944 by Braves pitcher Charley "Red" Barrett, who tossed just 58 pitches. Strem goes to St. Francis High School and is rumored to be attending Boston College in the fall.
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California pitcher tosses 66-pitch perfect game in state playoff win

By  | Prep Rally – Mon, May 20, 2013 
Incredibly, Strem retired the 21 batters he faced on just 66 pitches, an average of just more than 3 pitchers per batter. According to the Mercury News, 48 of Strem’s offerings were strikes, with the St. Francis ace finishing the game with a total of 8 strikeouts.
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What is a perfect game in baseball?

perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. (Wikipedia)

In high school, a pitcher would need to retire 21 batters over a seven inning game, to throw a perfect game. 

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