SEATTLE — Mike Leake might not be in Seattle in two weeks. He could be dealt ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline and might soon be pitching in a pennant chase. He certainly threw like he was in one during the Mariners’ 10-0 win over the Angels on Friday.
Leake came just three outs from completing the 24th perfect game in Major League history — and the first since fellow Mariner Felix Hernandez went the distance on Aug. 15, 2012 — slicing his way through an Angels lineup that just one week prior had carved him up in the shortest start of his career.
Luis Rengifo led off the ninth with a single through first and second base that ended Leake’s chance at history, at which point T-Mobile Park erupted in an ovation. Leake then walked Kevan Smith before retiring Matt Thaiss, Brian Goodwin and Mike Trout in order to cap his sixth career complete game.
Methodical, cerebral and quick, Leake needed just 97 pitches to complete nine innings. He painted the black with a mix of low-velocity, high-movement fastballs, a low-80s changeup and an effective slider. It was the trademark fashion that Leake has embodied when at his best throughout his 10-year career.