Posted by Andy on July 9, 2011
Thanks to reader Jim P. for emailing in about this.
Last night the Phillies' Juan Perez pitched a perfect inning, meaning 3 strikeouts coming on a total of 9 pitches.
Here are the most recent guys to pitch a perfect inning, where that inning was his entire appearance:
|1||Juan Perez||2011-07-08||PHI||ATL||W 3-2||10-10f,W||1.0||3||9||9|
|2||Rafael Soriano||2010-08-23||TBR||LAA||W 4-3||9-9f ,S||1.0||3||9||9|
|3||LaTroy Hawkins||2004-09-11||CHC||FLA||W 5-2||9-9f ,S||1.0||3||9||9|
|4||Jason Isringhausen||2002-04-13||STL||HOU||W 2-1||9-9f ,W||1.0||3||9||9|
|5||Ugueth Urbina||2000-04-04||MON||LAD||L 4-10||9-9f||1.0||3||9||9|
|6||Doug Jones||1997-09-23 (1)||MIL||KCR||W 7-4||9-9f ,S||1.0||3||9||9|
|7||Todd Worrell||1995-08-13||LAD||PIT||W 4-1||9-9f ,S||1.0||3||9||9|
|8||Stan Belinda||1994-08-06||KCR||SEA||L 2-11||9-9f||1.0||3||9||9|
|9||Pedro Borbon||1979-06-23||CIN||SFG||L 2-5||9-9f||1.0||3||9||9|
Pitch count data only goes back to the late 1980s for most teams, so we can't search before that.
There have also been lots of other times a pitcher has recorded a perfect inning but it came as part of a longer appearance--for example the starter might strike out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th inning--but that wouldn't show up in this search.