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if a pitcher pitches a perfect 9 innings and is takenn out in the 10th and his team loses does he still get credit for a perfect game?

by Eleanor

Don Larsen, Perfect Game New York Yankees

Don Larsen, Perfect Game New York Yankees

Eleanor asked: If a pitcher pitches 9 perfect inning but his team has not scored and he is taken out in the 10th, his team loses, does he still get credit for a perfect game?

Rick answered: Eleanor, thank you for your question.

A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of 9 innings, and in which no opposing player reaches base.

Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason.

Had the second pitcher been able to stay perfect, and the team wins, both pitchers would have been credited with a combined perfect game.

Yours in baseball,


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