SEATTLE — History was made at Safeco Field Wednesday afternoon as Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wednesday's game was the first perfect game in the Mariners' history and the 23rd in Major League Baseball.
Hernandez struck out 12 batters and threw 113 pitches in a 1-0 victory.
"It was always in my mind, every game. `I need to throw a perfect game.' For every pitcher I think it's in their mind," Hernandez said. "Today it happened and it's something special. I don't have any words to explain this. This is pretty amazing. It doesn't happen every day."
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson spoke with a lifelong Mariners fan, Jeremy Koenig, who brought his five-month-old daughter, Gracie, to her very first game.
“Her new nickname is Felix,” Koenig said.
Wednesday’s game was the sixth no-hitter in the majors for the 2012 season, and three of them have been at Safeco Field.
The first no-hitter came from Chicago's Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and after Humber's perfect game, six Mariners pitchers combined a no-hitter against the Dodgers in June.
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