Last night, after allowing a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay, Angels pitcher John Lackey retired the next 27 batters he faced. So was Lackey pissed at himself for giving up that double, which cost him a perfect game? From the L.A. Times:
In speaking with reporters, Lackey denied he fed off any motivation besides pitching against Zito, and against the team in first place in the Angels’ division. He also said he didn’t leave the ballpark with that just-missed-a-perfect-game feeling.
“I don’t feel like I just missed,” he said. “I was in the stretch trying to get out of a jam right out of the gate.”
Ok, John, whatever you say.
Lackey became the first pitcher in 24 years to give up a leadoff hit and retire the next 27 batters. Jerry Reuss last did it, pitching for the Dodgers on June 11, 1982, against the Cincinnati Reds.