Stat of the Day: Haggerty denies perfecto

May 6th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Mariners this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 5: Orioles 6, Mariners 0 -- Haggerty denies perfecto
The only thing that kept John Means from putting together the Majors' first perfect game since Félix Hernández did so on the same mound on Aug. 15, 2012, was Sam Haggerty's hustle -- and on an out, to boot.

Haggerty struck out swinging against a curveball from Means in the third inning, but the wild pitch allowed the utility man to reach first base. It didn't seem monumental at the time, but that quirky play wound up making Means the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect no-hitter in which the opposing team did not reach base by a walk, a hit by pitch or an error. Essentially, it was the first perfect game denied by a dropped strike three.

May 4: Mariners 5, Orioles 2 -- Lewis ties Mr. Mariner
Kyle Lewis' 20th career homer was a big one -- a three-run shot in the critical eighth inning. It also further etched his name in Mariners record books, tying him with Alvin Davis for the fastest in franchise history to that mark at 88 games. Lewis and Davis have bonded since Lewis broke into the Majors, but they’ve grown even closer since Lewis joined Mr. Mariner as a fellow Rookie of the Year.

May 3: Orioles 5, Mariners 3 -- 21 straight scoreless innings
Though Anthony Misiewicz's uncharacteristic, tough-luck outing led to a loss to Baltimore, Seattle's relievers were mostly nails on a bullpen day that featured seven arms. Misiewicz carried the 'pen's shutout into the eighth inning, which extended a scoreless-innings streak of 21, dating back to the fifth inning on Saturday.

May 2: Mariners 2, Angels 0 -- Seattle wins when it matters most
The Mariners followed up a winning month in April by taking their first series in May, and against the division-rival Angels, to boot. They advanced to 5-2-2 in series this season, thanks to an undefeated run in rubber games that was extended to four following Sunday's tight tilt against Mike Trout and the Halos.

May 1: Angels 10, Mariners 5 -- Mills 37th Mariner born in WA
When he took the mound in the eighth inning against the Angels, Wyatt Mills became yet another local-born Mariners fan who wound up pitching for his childhood team. The former Gonzaga Bulldog and Spokane native is the 37th player in franchise history who was born in Washington state, and the first since Adrian Sampson in 2016.