One Man, One Controller, 27 Outs: Throwing a Perfect Game with Kyle Kendrick

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May 3, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Naïve and Full of Whimsy: It Begins

Try One: Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners-Kyle Kendrick vs. Felix Hernandez

It’s 8:12 PM EST when I begin game one, I had to work out and eat a dinner fit for an emancipated 12-year-old before I could start (egg rolls and French fries).

Weather is clear in Seattle, we wear the greys. I only hope I accomplish this on my first attempt to make for a boring article but a sleep filled night.

Cruz opens the second inning with a double to left center after a 1-2-3 first. I immediately hit restart and we are on to try two.

Try Two: Colorado Rockies at Seattle Mariners

Seth Smith grounds weakly but it gets by Tulowitzki at short and I lose the perfecto with the second hitter. Restart.

Try Three: Rockies at Mariners

Austin Jackson raps a curveball by Paulsen at first and I don’t even get an out on try three. Mariners looking like a bad choice.

Try Four: Rockies at Mariners

Mike Zunino hits a missed curveball into the outfield in the third and I got to 8 outs this time before losing it. Any slight miss with Kendrick on the bar and he leaves it up, might avoid the curveball unless it’s in the dirt. One last try with Seattle then it’s a new team. Apart from the first game, all the hits have been on the ground, just past people. I already am tired of Kyle.

Try Five: Rockies at Mariners

Austin Jackson pummels a double into the corner in the fourth inning after nine straight outs. It’s the most heartbreaking thing to happen to me yet. I’ve been playing for 39 minutes and have gotten through three innings against Seattle.

On to a new team, I try to go with a team I can manage the lineup rather than with a team I can manage the ballpark. The obvious choice is the Phillies. Two aging, past their prime stars, only one real dangerous hitter in Franco, yeah I’m off to Philadelphia. Kendrick’s going to try to 27 his old team.

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