On September 16, 1988, Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds pitches the 14th perfect game in major league history. In a game delayed by rain, Browning strikes out seven Los Angeles Dodgers and wins a 1-0 decision.
The game took place at Riverfront Stadium.
A two-hour, 27 minute rain delay forced the game to start at approximately 10 PM local time. The rain delay lasted longer than the game itself, played in a brisk one hour, 51 minutes.
The game’s lone run came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Batting against Dodger starter Tim Belcher, himself working on a no-hitter, Reds shortstop Barry Larkin doubled and advanced to third on Chris Sabo’s infield single; an error by Dodger third baseman Jeff Hamilton on the play enabled Larkin to score.
In the top of the seventh inning, Dodger left fielder Kirk Gibson was ejected by home plate umpire Jim Quick after striking out.
In the top of ninth inning, Browning first got Rick Dempsey to fly out to right field. Steve Sax then grounded out to the shortstop. Facing pinch hitter Tracy Woodson, Browning recorded his seventh strikeout of the evening, completing the perfect game.
Browning threw 70 of his 102 pitches for strikes, and did not run the count to three balls on a single Dodger hitter.
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