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Perfect Game? Meh: High School Pitcher Has Thrown Four Consecutive No-Hitters

The internets have been abuzz today with news of Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden pitching a perfect game yesterday against the Rays and how it adds an additional level of intrigue to his feud with Alex Rodriguez. Forget that crap. That’s only like, one game, man. A high school senior in California – John Kukuruda, a 6-3 righthander for East Nicolaus High School – pitched his fourth consecutive no-hitter on Friday, a new California state record. Now that’s an example of a standout pitching performance.

Kukuruda began his streak April 16 in a five-inning, 10-0 defeat of Esparto. His other no-hitters were also abbreviated by a 10-run mercy rule: April 23, six no-hit innings for a 10-0 defeat of Biggs; April 30, five no-hit innings in a 11-0 win at Los Molinos; Friday, a five-inning, 10-0 defeat of Hamilton (Hamilton City). He also had 1⅓ no-hit relief innings May 4 in a 19-0 defeat of Esparto.

Obviously, the magnitude of his accomplishment is somewhat diminished by the fact that not one of the games went the complete seven innings, but is it his fault that high schools use the mercy rule? You know who is at fault? The communists. I could go on, but I don’t want to get all political and stuff on you so early on a Monday. Plus, I have no idea what I’m talking about, something regular readers of this here site have long been aware of.

California pitcher’s fourth straight no-hitter breaks state record [USA Today]
Athletics’ Dallas Braden throws perfect game against Tampa Bay Rays [USA Today]
This is precisely why everybody hates A-Rod [Out of Bounds]