David Wells' perfect game

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David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins by retiring all 27 batters he faced on Sunday, May 17, 1998. This event took place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx in front of 49,820 fans in attendance.[1] This game took 2:40 to complete from 1:36 PM ET to 4:16 PM ET. It was the fifteenth perfect game and 245th no-hitter in MLB history.

This was the tenth no-hitter in Yankees history. It was the second perfect game and first regular-season perfect game pitched by a Yankee. In 1956, Yankee pitcher Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history, also at Yankee Stadium. By coincidence, Wells graduated from the same high school as Larsen - Point Loma High School in San Diego, California.[2]

The last previous perfect game in MLB history was nearly four years prior, when Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game against the California Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 28, 1994. It was the first Yankee no hitter since Dwight Gooden no hit the Seattle Mariners in May 1996. Wells' performance tied the record for franchises with most perfect games. At the time the Cleveland Indians were the only other team to have 2 perfect games. David Cone would add a third perfect game breaking the record when he befuddled the Montreal Expos in July 1999.

Game statistics[edit]

May 17, Yankee Stadium, New York, New York[3]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 4 6 0
WP: David Wells (5–1)   LP: LaTroy Hawkins (2–4)
Home runs:
MIN: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (3)

Box score[edit]

Batting[edit]

Minnesota Twins AB R H RBI New York Yankees AB R H RBI
Lawton, MattMatt Lawton, CF 3 0 0 0 Knoblauch, ChuckChuck Knoblauch, 2B 4 0 0 0
Gates, BrentBrent Gates, 2B 3 0 0 0 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter, SS 3 0 1 0
Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor, DH 3 0 0 0 O'Neill, PaulPaul O'Neill, RF 4 0 0 0
Cordova, MartyMarty Cordova, LF 3 0 0 0 Martinez, TinoTino Martinez, 1B 4 0 0 0
Coomer, RonRon Coomer, 1B 3 0 0 0 Williams, BernieBernie Williams, CF 3 3 3 1
Ochoa, AlexAlex Ochoa, RF 3 0 0 0 Strawberry, DarrylDarryl Strawberry, DH 3 1 1 1
Shave, JonJon Shave, 3B 3 0 0 0 Curtis, ChadChad Curtis, LF 3 0 1 1
Valentín, JavierJavier Valentín, C 3 0 0 0 Posada, JorgeJorge Posada, C 3 0 0 0
Meares, PatPat Meares, SS 3 0 0 0 Brosius, ScottScott Brosius, 3B 3 0 0 0
Totals 27 0 0 0 Totals 30 4 6 3

Pitching[edit]

Minnesota Twins IP H R ER BB SO New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hawkins, LaTroyLaTroy Hawkins 7 7 6 4 0 5 Wells, DavidDavid Wells 9 0 0 0 0 11
Naulty, DanDan Naulty 13 0 0 0 1 0
Swindell, GregGreg Swindell 23 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 8 7 6 4 1 6 Totals 9 0 0 0 0 11

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