One of the toughest things for people new to baseball to pick up on is the lingo, mainly because a lot of people seem to be intimidated to ask what something means. Today, I’m going to tackle the perfect game/no-hitter/shutout. To a newbie, these may seem like they’re the same thing. I know when I was learning the sport, I had trouble with these guys.
A shutout just means that the other team did not score a run during the game. If a pitcher pitches a shutout, he didn’t give up a run. It implies that he pitched the entire game as well.
A no-hitter is just as it suggests, the pitcher didn’t give up a hit during the whole game. They can, however, walk batters. There have been 276 no-hitters recorded in MLB.
A perfect game means that a pitcher was perfect. He didn’t walk a batter AND didn’t give up a hit during the entire game. Should a baserunner reach on an error, the perfect game is not spoiled. A perfect game is quite rare. There have only been 22 in MLB history.(Image via flickr.com user rocor. )
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