The game officially started at 7:36 p.m. in front of 23,381 people at Turner Field in Atlanta. Johnson's catcher for the game was Robby Hammock, who was playing his second season in the Majors. Johnson later praised Hammock stating, "I only shook [Hammock] off two or three times...He called a great game. The thing is he was probably the most excited guy in the clubhouse, and I'm happy for that. He's come a long way." The last batter of the game was pinch-hitterEddie Pérez, who was struck out on a 98 miles per hour (158 km/h) fastball. Johnson struck out 13 batters in the game, giving him the second highest number of strikeouts in a MLB perfect game performance behind Sandy Koufax's 14 Ks in 1965 and Matt Cain's 14 Ks in 2012. The perfect game made it Johnson's second no-hitter, the other coming in 1990 while he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. Johnson's perfect game was the first in the MLB since David Cone on July 18, 1999, while Cone was a member of the New York Yankees, and the first in the National League since Dennis Martínez of the Montreal Expos on July 28, 1991. Johnson, who was 40 at the time, surpassed Cy Young as the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history. Young, who achieved the feat in 1904, was 37 at the time.
-Johnny Estrada's first at-bat in the second inning was the longest of the night, requiring 11 pitches before striking out swinging. It was the only Braves at-bat that reached 3 balls in the count.
-Andruw Jones was the only Braves batter without a strikeout, in fact, all three at-bats resulted in balls hit to the outfield, his second at-bat in the fifth inning being the only ball hit to left fielder Luis Gonzalez in the 27 out performance.
-The closest play that almost resulted in a hit was Mike Hampton's second at-bat in the sixth inning when a chop ground ball dribbling left of the second base bag resulted in Alex Cintrón going into a do-or-die bare hand grab and throw to the first baseman for the out.
Steve Finley and I were part of a no-hitter that Darryl Kile threw when we were all in Houston. But there's no doubt that for Randy to be out there pitching like that — well, nothing can compare to Randy.
This is one of those nights where a superior athlete was on top of his game. There was a tremendous rhythm out there. His focus, his concentration, his stuff, everything was as good as it could possibly be.