Valdez Pitches a Perfect Game for Riverside
Right-hander Rafael Valdez pitched a perfect game Thursday night, the third in California League history, as the Riverside Red Wave beat the Reno Silver Sox 2-0 in a class-A game at Riverside.
Valdez (10-5) struck out eight. The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic threw three balls to four batters, including a 3-0 count to one. He struck out three of those batters and got the other to pop out.
Right fielder Tim McWilliams ended the game with a diving catch of Brian Bosco’s looping fly ball.
McWilliams went 4 for 4. The Red Waves scored their runs in the sixth inning on consecutive one-out singles by McWilliams, Guillermo Velasquez and Mike Humphreys, and a sacrifice fly by Isiah Clark.