A day after Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout, Yu Darvish pitched 8 2/3 innings and fell just short of pitching a perfect game. The pursuit ended with a hit to center field. Darvish needed just one more out for the perfect game. However, his first start was still impressive as he struck out 14 of the 26 batters he faced and led the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 7-0.
Darvish isn’t the first pitcher to have a perfect game broken up on the last out. Armando Galarranga’s perfection bid ended on a controversial safe call at first base.
Last perfect game bid broken up with 2 outs in 9th– Armando Galarraga in 2010
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2013
No-hitters and perfect games have happened more in the past few years than past decades, but they are still an impressive feat. Darvish is among the best MLB pitchers and his season’s success started off fast.
Luckily, this near-perfect game didn’t end on yet another controversial play or calls for instant replay would have skyrocketed this week. We will remember an impressive performance this week, but we won’t remember it as much as Galarraga’s 2010 “perfect game.” The sports outlets spoke about the blown call for weeks after, but there won’t be any of that this time. Darvish had the batters confused but fell just short to obtaining perfection. The bid was so close yet Darvish looks to continue his 2012 season’s success this year and this performance is a start in the right direction.
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