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Felix perfecto was nearly the second

Friday, August 17, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Felix Hernandez pitched the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history Aug. 15 when he struck out 12 and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. But Seattle came oh, so close, once before and long ago. The 1990 season is perhaps best remembered by Randy Johnson’s no-hitter on June 2 against the Detroit Tigers in the Kingdome. But earlier that spring Brian Holman, who had been acquired from Montreal along with Johnson in the Mark Langston trade, came within one out of pitching a perfect game ... and then Ken Phelps of Oakland hit a pinch-hit home run. Ironically, it was the last career home run for Phelps, the former Mariner traded to the Yankees in 1988 for Jay Buhner. Read about Holman’s near-perfect game, and his subsequent life challenges, in this Seattle Times story.

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