This is surely an unusual situation. Usually when a team achieves a perfect game in regulation and maintains a no-hitter in extras, there’s a pretty good chance they won the game. That wasn’t the case with the Tampa Tarpons, as they lost 1-0 to the Clearwater Threshers.
Deivi Garcia had seven innings of perfect pitching for the Yankees Single-A affiliate. In Single-A ball, games are only seven innings so he pitched a perfect game in regulation against the Phillies affiliate.
Because minor league games have a runner start the inning on second base, no one knows if that still maintains a perfect game. Either way, Garcia was replaced and the Tarpons committed an error, losing the perfect game. Despite that, the no-hitter was still on and the runner scored on a fielders choice. So the Tarpons lost 1-0 despite a team no-hitter.
That’s what’s great about baseball. No matter how old the game is, there’s always something we haven’t seen before. There have been times where teams have had no-hitters and lost games but now that there is a new rule about a runner being on second base in extra innings, it brings a new wrinkle to what a perfect game exactly is.
[NBC Sports/Photo: Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons]