A nearly perfect game by Rich Hill is spoiled by a Dodgers television blackout

Like many folks who follow the Dodgers, I was driving around town late Wednesday afternoon when Rick Monday waved me home.

Rich Hill was throwing a perfect game in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Monday and Kevin Kennedy were splendidly calling it on radio, setting it up for me to rush to the living room and watch the ending on television.

I sped to my street, crawled through a pack of utility trucks lining the block, then sprinted into the house just in time to flick on Spectrum SportsNet LA and watch Hill freeze Sean Rodriguez on a full-count fastball and strike him out looking to end the eighth inning.

It was dramatic. It was Hill stalking off the mound toward history. It was Joe Davis’ voice roaring with excitement from the booth.