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Yu Darvish loses perfect game with two outs in ninth inning

Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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Yu Darvish is making it look easy in Houston.

The 26-year-old right-hander has retired the first 21 batters he’s faced, and will carry a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. He has his entire arsenal working against a weak Astros lineup — seriously, look at this slider — and boasts a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven frames.

Darvish is already up to 93 pitches and it’s his first outing of the 2013 regular season, so he might not be allowed to finish this thing off. But there isn’t a single pitcher stirring yet in the Texas bullpen.

We’ll provide regular updates as the night rolls on.

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UPDATE, 10:39 p.m. ET: Darvish struck out Chris Carter swinging, Rick Ankiel looking and got Justin Maxwell to ground out in the eighth innings. He’s up to 14 strikeouts and 107 total pitches. Still perfect.

Darvish will face the bottom of the Astros’ order in the ninth inning. Texas leads Houston 7-0.

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UPDATE, 10:58 p.m. ET: Darvish induced two groundouts in the ninth inning but then allowed a single up the middle to Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez. Darvish was pulled right after — at 111 pitches.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    If Darvish is pulled, the No-No is still intact and the pen keeps it going to complete it, would this be the first collective perfect game in MLB history?

    • goskinsvt - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      yes it would. List of all perfect games:

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/rare_feats/index.jsp?feature=perfect_game

  2. term3186 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Perfect through 8. And its not like the line-up is THAT weak. They did put up 8 runs Sunday night.

  3. kjericho43 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Baseball is back. It’s been a long winter.

  4. novanation33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    He’s been absolutely filthy tonight. A fastball touching 97 and a nasty slider/cutter combo. These hitters have had no chance.

  5. 13arod - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    it is a perfect game chill1184

  6. phillyfanmatt - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I hope he gets the chance to finish it himself. Because as I understand it if he does not complete the game not only does he not get credit for a perfect game he would also not get credit for having pitched a no hitter which would really suck for him.

  7. phillyfanmatt - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Technically not even sure MLB would consider it a perfect game if it is not completed by the pitcher who started the game.

    • chill1184 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      You do realize that last year the Mariners had a collective no-hitter right?

      • number42is1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        No hitter /= Perfect game

  8. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Looks like the ‘Stros are trying to ice Darvish by giving up a handful of runs in the 9th. Pretty sneaky, guys.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Huh. Guess it worked.

  9. chill1184 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    …and it was just ruined

  10. term3186 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    A hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Wow.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Five-hole, damn. That’s why goalies wear the big pads. Damn.

  11. sdelmonte - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    And there it goes with two out in the ninth. Oh well.

    • dondada10 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      I believe the hitter, Gonzalez, was Matt Cain’s last out in his perfect game.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        No, Jason Castro was Cain’s 27th out.

  12. tuberippin - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    He just got Mussina’d.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      And if the very same thing happens in his next start, he’ll get a call from Dave Stieb!!

  13. number42is1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    “Sorry Bro”
    -Mike Mussina

  14. historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Wow, busted up in the 9th!!!!!!

  15. number42is1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I hope he gets picked off at first… that would be just AWESOME!

  16. historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    These announcers are stupid — speculating about Darvish crying? WTF! They suck. We don’t need a discussion about whether you want to cry losing a perfect game in the last inning or not. What a couple of a-holes.

    • chill1184 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      The Astro or Ranger announcers? Im listening to the Astro’s ones they noted that he was just all smiles about it

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Astros — He said Darvish was smiling to probably keep from crying and then they talked about how you would want to cry losing a perfect game like that. Terrible!

  17. aceshigh11 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Two outs in the NINTH.

    Heartbreaking.

  18. dondada10 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Over/under on times the Astros will be no-hit this year: 1.5.

    Over.

  19. approvenothing - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Oh what a game baseball is…

  20. atribecalledkevin - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Yu “The Wickets” Darvish.

  21. mudhead123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Hahaha

  22. halohonk - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Yu Buckner

  23. cktai - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    What a bum, he couldn’t even complete the perfecto. No wonder Harrison got the opening day start.

  24. canadatude - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Too bad that Yu has a big 5-hole (a hockey goalie term). A little gold glove defence gives him a perfect game.

  25. nbjays - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    As some guy posted on twitter “Doesn’t Darvish know that it’s bad luck to give up a hit when you are pitching a perfect game?”

    So close, only to turn into Bill Buckner at the least opportune moment.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Um, slight difference in speeds between Buckner’s and Yu’s, like of about 70mph, and distance, 110 feet vs 60.

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