Did you know there was a game where (former Oriole) Esteban Yan pitched 5 perfect innings? It was April 13, 1998 and Yan was pitching for the Devil Rays against the Twins. Crazy game, featuring 3 blown saves (2 by the Twins, and one by the Debblerays) and ending with Tampa winning 13-12 behind Yan’s perfect 5. Hat tip to Stat of the Day for the link to this game, and to the Orioles-Royals game of April 12, 1989, in which the O’s Mark Williamson also pitched 5 innings of perfect relief — but got a blown save! How? He came in in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded with one out, Orioles up 4-3, and gave up the game-tying RBI GIDP to Danny Tartabull. Then mowed down Royals far into the night. Meanwhile, Tom Gordon, in his rookie season for the Royals, threw 6 2/3 relief innings, allowing no runs and striking out 10. He had a great year, good for second in the AL Rookie in the Year voting. Ken Griffey, Jr. was third. The winner? The Orioles’ Gregg Olson. I’d totally forgotten he won RoY. He won this game, too, getting Bob Boone to ground out with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the 15th.
Mark Williamson played his entire career, 8 seasons, with the Orioles. Will he be the last serious player not named Ripken to do so?