Michael Kopech throws first perfect inning in over a century for White Sox.

Michael Kopech was flawless for the White Sox on Wednesday. In a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opening leg of a doubleheader,  

the flamethrowing reliever created MLB history with a perfect ninth inning. A pitcher has an immaculate inning when he knocks out all three batters in nine pitches.  

Kopech killed Brooks Lee, Matt Wallner, and Max Kepler. The White Sox's second perfect inning was the 116th in MLB history, rarer than a no-hitter or cycle. The only other Chicago pitcher to throw a flawless inning was Sloppy Thurston on Aug. 22, 1923.  

Johan Oviedo of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw one on May 24 last season. The whole pitch mix from Kopech's success:  

• 97.3 mph fastball (foul) • 90.1 mph cutter (foul) • 100.1 mph strike • 98.4 mph swinging strike • 91.5 mph cutter (foul) • 100.5 mph swinging strike • 91.1 mph cutter (swinging strike) • 90.0 mph cutter (called strike) • 100.1 mph fastball  

Kopech, known for his triple-digit heat, deserves the honour.  

He never lived up to the White Sox's expectations after joining them in the Chris Sale deal due to injuries and control issues, but he could make batters look dumb.  

The White Sox shifted Kopech to the bullpen this season after two years of trying to make him a starter. As of Wednesday, he has a 5.18 ERA and has done something few pitchers have.  

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