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Thursday, June 3, 2010
1st Pitch: More perfect performances

By Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

Quick Hits: We’ve essentially had three perfect games thrown this season, but Braden, Halladay and Gallaraga aren’t the only players who have been perfect. Here are a few others: Today’s Trivia: 15 years ago today Pedro Martinez pitched 9 perfect innings but the game went into the 10th tied at 0. Who was the Padres leadoff hitter who broke up Martinez’s perfect game in the 10th?

Today’s Leaderboard: Last week on TMI we introduced a stat called “rally-killing rate” which essentially calculates the percentage of time a player strikes out or grounds into a double play with runners in scoring position (with GIDP weighted more heavily that strikeouts). Here’s an updated leaderboard of this season’s biggest rally killers.

Key Matchups: Erick Aybar is batting .455 (5-11) in his career against Zack Greinke, with three doubles. He was one of the few batters to consistently fair well against Greinke in 2009, going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk in two games against him.

Trivia Answer: Bip Roberts doubled down the right field line to break up the perfect game. Martinez was then pulled and Mel Rojas came in to pick up the save. The Expos won 1-0, after Jeff Treadway drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.