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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Baker hit 37 homers -- a single-season national record, drove in a state-best 101 runs nad went 20-1 with 16 shutouts, five no-hitters and four perfect games as a pitcher. Josh Bean |,, "National home run record helps G.W. Long star win Miss Softball," 9 June 2019 Against a playoff team in his school's division earlier this season, Schroeder threw a perfect game with 17 strikeouts — one Shannon said was controlled by just his curveball and a fastball that can have occasional movement or sink. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros select Jayson Schroeder with the 66th pick in MLB Draft," 5 June 2018 Oregon's other regular starter, Miranda Elish (16-1, 0.99 ERA), has five shutouts and a perfect game this season and averages 10.7 strikeouts per seven innings. Tyson Alger,, "Royce Freeman taken by Denver Broncos with 71st pick in NFL Draft," 27 Apr. 2018 The flame-throwing right-hander carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and a no-hitter into the sixth. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "James Paxton back to his dominant form, leading Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Astros," 30 July 2018 So there was Colon last Sunday, taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the defending World Series champion Astros. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Bartolo Colon is back, Bryan Price paid the price for Reds' failures," 21 Apr. 2018 Didi Gregorius lined a one-out single to left to break up his perfect game in the fifth inning before the Yankees caught a break. New York Times, "Loss to Orioles Offers Yankees a Glimpse of What They Could Acquire," 10 July 2018 Phillies starter Zach Eflin took a perfect game into the sixth before Miguel Rojas broke it up with a leadoff bloop double. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins win in extra innings for fourth straight win | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 All of this is exactly why the newest iteration of Tetris is the perfect game for 2018. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Tetris Effect is perfect for people overwhelmed by modern video games," 18 Nov. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of perfect game

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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