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Quick notes on Tyler Mahle’s perfect game

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The Cincinnati Reds Tyler Mahle was perfect last night. Here's some quick hits from the game.

The Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitching prospects Tyler Mahle threw a perfect game against the Mobile BayBears last night.

Here's what you need to know about the game:

fastball anywhere from 87 to 94 depending on the day; throws strikes, keeps hitters off-balance with curve, slider, change-up; not overpowering but knows how to pitch; number four or five starter profile but has shown ability to adapt.

  • It was the first perfect game in Blue Wahoo history. It was the first nine-inning perfecto in the Double-A Southern League since 1970. That's when Charles Swanson of Montgomery hurled his perfect game against Savannah.
  • According to Southern League Neck's Twitter account, Mahle was feeling it right up until the final pitch.

  • Mahle needed just 88 pitches to get through the perfect game, simply remarkable. More impressive: he landed 77 percent of those pitches for strikes.
  • Lost in the shuffle is that the BayBears 25 year old righty Tyler Carpenter was outstanding. He hurled eight innings of 2-hit ball, striking out six and walking just one. He allowed the only run of the game in the second inning.
  • Mahle was humble after the game, telling MiLB.com and Baseball America his pitches were far from perfect. He credited his battery-mate Joe Hudson for calling a great game. The same Joe Hudson that drove in the game's lone run, allowing Mahle to avoid a tenth frame on his quest to SL immortality.
  • There were no hits by either team after the second inning. Only one more batter would reach base via a Carpenter walk.
  • Mahle is now a perfect 4-0 in four starts this season. He's third in the Southern League with a 0.67 ERA, second in WHIP at 0.45 and best in strikeouts, sitting down 27 in 26.2 innings.
  • Here's how it ended:

(video via minorleaguebaseball | YouTube)

  • Mahle threw seven 1-hit innings back on April 12th. It's safe to say he's in the zone.