Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs Tuesday night.
HOUSTON — Yu Darvish saw the ball skip between his shins, dashing his chance at perfection. Immediately, several Texas Rangers came to the mound to console him.
“I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was,” he said through a translator.
Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out a career-high 14 and was in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle and the ball skittered into center field.
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One thought then went through Darvish’s mind.
“I can now go back to the dugout,” he deadpanned. “Even if I got the complete game today, it’s not going to translate to three or five wins. It’s a win. A win’s a win.”
Darvish smiled and put up his hands — almost like, “Oh well, it happens.”
A crowd of 22,673 that included plenty of Rangers fans cheered Darvish as he left after 111 pitches.
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