This Day In Sports History (July 28th) – Dennis Martinez
It was on this day in 1991 that Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos threw the 13th perfect game in Major League history. Martinez accomplished the feat on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the Expos won the game 2-0.
Dennis Martinez became the first Latin American pitcher to ever throw a perfect game, as well as the only player to do so while playing for a Canadian based team. Martinez only struck-out five batters during the course of the game, but was able to induce an incredible 17 groundouts, as he had his sinkerball pitch working for him all day.
Just two days earlier, Martinez’s teammate Mark Gardner had no-hit the Dodgers through nine innings, but the game remained tied at zero and needed extra innings. Gardner would come out for the tenth but gave up a leadoff single to Lenny Harris to end his no-hit bid.
Here are highlights from Martinez’s perfect game.
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