It’s a strange feeling to be celebrating a single hit, but when that hit stands between the team and living on in infamous futility, it’s a pretty big hit.
The first question that should be asked is ‘how can this happen again?’
The Astros have seen Darvish before. He’s a great pitcher, no doubt, but for him to take a no-hitter that deep again is completely ridiculous, right?
Well, this isn’t exactly the same Astros. Seven of the Astros’ starting nine that faced Darvish over four months ago were either not in the lineup or no longer on the team.
Regardless though, it’s unacceptable, even for a team as hapless as the Astros, to have the same guy take you into the eighth or ninth innings allowing no hits. The last thing a team like the Astros needs right now is to get a full-on slap in the face like a perfect game or no hitter thrown against them. It would shatter what slim morale they have left and decimate the will of these young guys that are here to compete.
I’m always hesitant to call out coaching, since I have faith in what the Astros are doing, but some of the blame has to fall on them. As a coach, you have to be aware that this is the same pitcher that almost threw a perfect game against you and prepare your team accordingly.
In the end, though, the crisis was avoided thanks to the most unlikely of heroes, Carlos Corporan, who not only ruined Darvish’s no-hitter, but he ruined the shut-out as well.
Honorable mention goes to Jonathan Villar, who took a walk to ruin the perfect game in the sixth despite a questionable pitch that many thought should be called a strike.