Martin Perez of the Texas Rangers pitched a complete-game shutout this evening, throwing 109 pitches against the Chicago White Sox. This is what excellent pitchers do and mediocre pitchers fail to do. The other day, for example, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners threw 96 pitches in only seven innings. Either he asked to be removed from the game or (more likely) he was taken out of the game by his manager, who believed that Seattle's relief pitchers could do a better job than Hernandez in the eighth and ninth innings. Had Hernandez either not thrown so many pitches (a sign of sloppiness) or been mentally and physically stronger than he is, he would have been able to finish what he started and get his team a victory. That is the name of the game, after all: victories.