Seattle Mariners right-hander Mike Leake came within three outs of pitching the 24th perfect game in MLB history on Friday night at T-Mobile Park. Instead, Leake allowed a leadoff single on a 1-1 changeup to Luis Rengifo, after eight spotless frames against the Angels :
Leake needed just 76 pitches to get the first 24 outs against an Angels offense that came in ranking fifth in the AL in batting average, fourth in hits and third in walks. In the end, Leake, rather than make history, settled for his second career shutout and sixth career complete game. Along the way, he struck out six. Coincidentally, Leake in his last start faced the Angels and allowed seven runs on eight hits in just 2/3 of an inning.
After the gem against the Angels, Leake’s ERA now stands at 4.27 after 124 1/3 innings in this, his age-31 season.