perfect game


Definition of perfect game 

: a baseball game in which a pitcher allows no hits, no runs, and no opposing batter to reach first base

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As in no runners and 11 strikeouts over the first six innings, conjuring thoughts of a rookie throwing a perfect game in his second major league start. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Shohei Ohtani leaves Angels' teammates saying one thing: 'We haven't seen that before'," 9 Apr. 2018 Against the Indians six days ago, beneath a national television audience, McCullers carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Indians pummel Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 26 May 2018 Often disappointing since coming over last July in a trade from Oakland, the right-handed Gray carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and a two-hit shutout to the eighth. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Yankees Rout Royals Behind Sonny Gray’s Gem and a Rash of Homers," 20 May 2018 Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon is fat and about to be 45 and has a 1.45 ERA in four starts after carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning in his last outing. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Say it, Matt Nagy: You expect the Bears to make the playoffs," 18 Apr. 2018 Eovaldi took a perfect game into the seventh before Brandon Nimmo lined a leadoff single to right field. Jeffrey Metallo,, "Nathan Eovaldi flirts with perfection as Rays blast Mets 9-0," 8 July 2018 Hernandez, fresh off a five-inning perfect game against Glendale, was perfect against Burbank (13-9, 7-4) for three innings and sat down the first 10 batters, including the first four via strikeout. Nathan Cambridge,, "Crescenta Valley softball continues drive to title with shutout of Burbank," 2 May 2018 Colon is coming off his near perfect game last Sunday against the Astros. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers-Mariners delayed by heavy rainstorm over Globe Life Park | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 The senior pitched 34 innings, gave up 10 hits and recorded five shutouts, including a perfect game against Oxnard Rio Mesa. Union-tribune,, "Prep Athletes of the Week," 10 Apr. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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baseball : a game in which a pitcher does not allow the batters from the other team to get a base hit or to get to first base in any other way

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