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Must Watch: Glen Perkins' Inning of Beauty

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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:30 PM

http://m.mlb.com/min/video/v34160769/?tcid=mm_min_vid&c_id=min

Glen Perkins shut down the Texas Rangers on Sunday for his 20th save of the year.

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.

#2 Thor

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:49 PM

No doubt that was the most dominant I have ever seen Perkins. By the 4th pitch everyone including the Rangers knew the only chance they had was a couple bleeders because nobody was going to square that stuff up.

When I was a kid I saw on Saturday game of the week Nolan Ryan strike out the side in the 9th on 9 fastballs with a 1 run lead. That was awesome as was today.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:51 PM

I never tire of watching highlights like this one.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:37 PM

I would like to see him do that at the All Star game.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:42 AM

There were a couple of swings that looked like they missed by a foot. He made the Rangers look almost as bad as Darvish made the Twins look the day before.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:26 AM

Those highlights almost need a NSFW tag. That inning was FILTHY.