Usually when you throw a no-hitter it’s the highlight of your career. For Tyler Mahle he did just that last season with the Daytona Tortugas last May. He was one hit batter away from a perfect game on that night. On Saturday night Tyler Mahle got his perfect game for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Taking on the Mobile BayBears, Tyler Mahle was on top of things from the start. He reached a 3-ball count only once in the game, in the 2nd inning. The right hander threw just 88 total pitches in the game, 68 of them for strikes.
MiLB.com talked with Tyler Mahle after the game. Here’s how he described the final play of the game:
“It happened so quick. I just threw the ball as hard as I can over the plate and I got the ball so quick in my glove,” Mahle said. “I looked up and [first baseman Eric Jagielo] was standing there with his wide eyes and that was it.”
It wasn’t an easy game. In the 2nd inning Aristides Aquino doubled and catcher Joe Hudson singled him in to put the Blue Wahoos up 1-0. Those were the only two hits of the entire game. Pensacola and Tyler Mahle held the lead of one run the rest of the way.
The game was only the second perfect game in Southern League history that lasted a full 9-innings (minor league double headers are 7-inning games, and of course there can be rain shortened games as well). The only previous full 9-inning perfect game was in 1970. That was 24 years before Tyler Mahle was even born.
There’s unconfirmed reports that the final pitch of the game, which as noted above, Tyler Mahle just tried throwing as hard as he could, was 99 MPH. I will try to see if I’m able to get some confirmation on that later today. It would easily be the highest velocity I’ve ever seen from Mahle (97 being the previous high).
The win moved Pensacola to a Southern League best 13-3.