It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for Justin Germano in 2011. In nine appearances in Cleveland this year, he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA. After being sent to Columbus, he worked both out of the pen and as a starter, and didn’t fare much better. Heading into his start in Syracuse last night, he had worked 14 times–four starts–to the tune of an 0-2 record with a 4.58 ERA. Nothing too exciting, right?
Well, last night in Syracuse was one for the ages for the 28-year-old right hander, as he became the first pitcher in Columbus Clippers’ history to throw a perfect game, blanking the Syracuse Chiefs 3-0. And, as well as Germano pitched, this game was over in the top of the first inning. Tim Fedroff led off the game with a double, and scored on a Cord Phelps two-out double to give Germano all the run support he would need. Fedroff added a two-run triple in the top of the second, and the rest of the night was about getting Germano to the promised land.
He threw 95 pitches, and struck out seven along the way.
While being the first ever perfect game for the Clippers, this now means the Clippers’ starting staff has two members who have thrown perfect games in their careers, with Jeanmar Gomez having accomplished the feat in Akron in 2009. Some videos, courtesy of the Clippers, after the jump.
Post-game interview (Columbus Clippers):
Post-game celebration (Columbus Clippers):
Photo Credit: Herm Card, courtesy of the Columbus Clippers