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Giants' farmhand Mazza throws perfect game

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Class A Augusta left-hander Domenic Mazza pitched his way into the record books on Tuesday, tossing the first nine-inning perfect game in South Atlantic League history in a 9-0 win over Lexington.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches (60 strikes) to complete his masterpiece as he struck out nine and induced another eight outs on the ground. It marked the first win of the season for the 22-year-old southpaw, who did not throw more than 14 pitches in a single inning.

Class A Augusta left-hander Domenic Mazza pitched his way into the record books on Tuesday, tossing the first nine-inning perfect game in South Atlantic League history in a 9-0 win over Lexington.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches (60 strikes) to complete his masterpiece as he struck out nine and induced another eight outs on the ground. It marked the first win of the season for the 22-year-old southpaw, who did not throw more than 14 pitches in a single inning.

Mazza completes perfect game

Mazza received some help from his defense along the way, as Giants' No. 6 prospect Sandro Fabian kept the perfect game alive with a diving catch for the second out of the eighth inning.

What's more, Mazza also overcame a lengthy delay during an eighth inning that saw three players ejected following a benches-clearing incident prompted by a Kelvin Beltre (Giants' No. 20) home run.

Mazza, a 22nd-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of UC Santa Barbara, had shown improvement in each of his three starts for Augusta before recording the first complete game of his career on Tuesday. He's allowed one earned run in 18 innings over his past three starts since being tagged for seven runs in just 2 2/3 frames in his season debut.

Mazza's perfect game was the second of the Minor League season and comes just four days after Reds' No. 10 prospect Tyler Mahle achieved the feat for Double-A Pensacola.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.