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John Means was almost perfect for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, but the left-handed pitcher is believed to be the first pitcher in major league history to lose a perfect game on a third-strike wild pitch.
Means is the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect no-hitter with no walks, no hit batters and no errors, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.
He retired all 27 batters he faced during the Orioles’ 6-0 victory over the Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, but he did allow a baserunner on a third-strike wild pitch in the third inning, ESPN reports.
The Orioles caught Haggerty attempting to steal second base and prevented him from scoring, but the wild pitch still nullified the perfect game bid.
“To be honest, I can’t even put it into words right now. I felt OK all game, didn’t really have a changeup until the end, but glad I got it going,” Means said in the postgame interview with MASN, per ESPN.
Means said on SportsCenter he really wasn’t disappointed on the near-perfect game.
“Yeah, right now it doesn’t matter at all, to be honest with you,” he told ESPN. “I was just happy I made a good pitch. I was struggling with the curveball recently, so I was just happy I got it over and got a swing and miss on it, so that is all I was happy about.”