Swift Makes Cleveland History, Throws Organization’s First MLB Pro Perfect Game
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
So rare that it is more a figment of the imagination than an actual possibility for a professional ballplayer, the near-mythical perfect game became reality for Rod Swift today.
The Cleveland Indians right-hander dominated the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field, securing the 7-0 Indians victory and a place for himself in the history books.
“As a kid I imagined pitching a perfect game, but it was only a fairy tale — I didn’t really ever expect to pitch one,” Swift said later, sitting in the clubhouse with a crowd of reporters. “I don’t want to demean it, but I’ve lost games where I had better stuff than I had today. It all just fell into place in this one.”
The 24-year-old Swift retired all 27 Red Sox batters in a row. He surrendered no hits, walked none, struck out 11 and permitted no one to get on base.
So far this season, Swift has logged a 8-1 record with a 2.77 ERA. He has started 13 games, hurled 78 innings and registered 84 strikeouts and 16 walks.