There were a lucky 28,036 fans at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s souths side who witnessed the game. A perfect game is when there are NO BASERUNNERS- none, ziltch, nada. It’s so rare that only 17 other pitchers have accomplished this.
Obama called Buehrle to congratulate him.
The President told the pitcher it was “an extraordinary achievement,” according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
“As a fan it’s extraordinary,” Obama told Gibbs before Air Force One took off from Chicago. “When you’re a White Sox fan and I know the guy, it makes it even more fun.”
“I was hoping it was staying in there, give him enough room to catch it,” said Buehrle. “I know the guys were doing everything they could to save the no-hitter, the perfect game, whatever it might be,” Buehrle said.
The game lasted just 2 hours and 3 minutes. Buehrle threw a season-high 116 pitches and went to a three ball count on just four batters. He was 3-0 to just one, Bartlett, in the sixth inning. Buehrle recovered to get Bartlett to ground to short, just as he would three innings later to finish the gem.