You have to love a historic pitching performance. No matter who the pitcher is, what his history or what team he pitches for, when a perfect game is unfolding everyone watches. Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish nearly through a perfect game on Tuesday against the Houston Astros team that defeated the Rangers yesterday. Darvish was nothing short of exactly the word: Perfect.
It was a flawless effort by the right handed pitcher for the Rangers. It got a little worrisome as the Rangers began scoring two runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but Darvish didn’t seem to be bothered by it at all. The bottom of each of those innings he just went out and dominated the Astros pitch after pitch.
Twenty-six up and twenty-six down is so close to twenty-seven up and down that it makes your stomach ache for Darvish. He was so close that all it would have taken was the comebacker up the middle off of the bat of Marwin Gonzalez hitting part of Darvish. If the ball would have been slowed by him in some way, the perfect game would have been his.
As it was, Darvish turned around and heaved his arms in the air with a huge smile as if to say, “Aw shoot! Oh well, maybe next time.” For Darvish, maybe it will be next time. His stuff was so great tonight that he bears watching this season. He proved tonight that he has perfect game type stuff and it might not be long before he has another chance at destiny.