This outing, however, was extremely efficient and very undemocratic as Perkins (with the assistance of catcher Eric Fryer) mowed down the Rangers' hitters Chris Gimenez, Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios on ten pitches.
Since 1979, there has been ten instances where a pitcher has pitched one inning and struck out the side on nine pitches -- the most recently by Colorado's Rex Brothers on June 19 of this year. While the 10-pitch version of this event has happened 40 times in that span it is impressive nonetheless. The last Twin to accomplish this was Joe Nathan on August 8, 2004 against the Oakland A's.
Perkins, who had been using his slider this season (21%) as frequently as the previous two years (31%), spun his breaking ball liberally (six of his ten pitches) to eliminate the Rangers' hitters.