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UPDATE: Yu Darvish loses the no-hitter on a Carlos Corporan home run

Aug 12, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston Reuters

UPDATE: And just like that it’s gone. Astros catcher Carlos Corporan just hit a one-out homer to right. No doubt about. Just yanked it out of the park. We now return you to your regularly scheduled ordinary game. Well, apart from the part where Darvish does have 15 strikeouts. Which is pretty darn good.

4:19 PM: Yu Darvish has no-hit the Astros through seven innings this afternoon and has 13 strikeouts under his belt. The Astros’ lineup is certainly not fearsome, but Darvish has looked incredible so far today. The Rangers lead 2-0.

It would be a perfect game but for a horrendous call on a pitch to Jonathan Villar that should have been strike three. Instead it brought the count full and Villar walked on the next pitch.  As soon as the walk was issued catcher A.J. Pierzynski said something to home plate umpire Ron Kulpa which caused Kulpa to eject him immediately. From the looks of it Kulpa seemed like the guy instigating the aggression, but of course Pierzynski is known for being something less than a gentleman at times. If someone is gonna say the magic words to an umpire, A.J. is the one. Still, you’d think an ump would develop some thicker skin before ejecting a guy’s catcher in the middle of a no-hot bid.  I’m sure we’ll hear about it all later.

Either way, Darvish has tossed 96 pitches through seven innings. Given how helpless the Astros look at the moment, we could have a no-no on our hands.

  1. Joe - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Aaaaand then it was gone…

  2. rbj1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Shut out gone as well.

  3. beefytrout - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Jinxed by Calcaterra.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      No jinx. It was the last place Astros after all. Any no hitter against them would have been severely discounted.

      • beefytrout - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Shut up.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Don’t you mean SFU?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        EDIT! Don’t you mean STFU?

      • beefytrout - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        you’re Canadian, so I gave you the discounted comeback.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        OK!

  4. tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I always love seeing the no hitter busted up. Not unlike seeing some tiny girl fall during one of those Olympic events…

    I am a horrible person.

  5. kalinedrive - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    In what inning was the walk?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Sixth

      • kalinedrive - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Thanks. Yes, that’s late enough that pitchers and catchers might start thinking about such things as perfect games being blown by bad calls. Did AJ look at the ump or just say something with his back to him?

  6. anotheryx - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Calcaterra… not quite Artosis level

  7. rbj1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Scherzer or Darvish for Cy Young?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Neither?

      Hernandez – 173.2 IP, 2.28 ERA/2.50 FIP, 9.22 K/9, 1.71 BB/9, 5.3 fWAR/5.9 rWAR
      Scherzer – 158.1 IP, 2.84 ERA/2.69 FIP, 9.95 K/9, 1.99 BB/9, 4.8 fWAR/50. rWAR
      Darvish* – 145.2 IP, 2.72 ERA/3.17 FIP, 11.86 K/9, 3.09 BB/9, 3.7 fWAR/4.4 rWAR

      *stats not updated thru today’s game

      • historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        You forgot wins.

    • eightyraw - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Not that Cy Young voters will notice, but Darvish might not even be the best starter for the Rangers this year.

  8. mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Man that sucks.. But it’s kinda funny that Darvish has only gone over 7 innings with a no-hit bid twice this season and both have come against the Astros.. I guess he’s not the most popular guy over there right now.

  9. Cris E - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Where the lip reading guy? I want to find out what AJ said to that ump.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      I could hear him and he clearly said, “Oh my gosh, I realize it was a very close call and gentlemen might disagree, but goodness me, I do so wish that given the situation, you had seen fit to perhaps err on the side of generosity to this young man in his quest to make history today, you blind pig-f***ing pile of horse-sh*t.” But his voice rose slightly at the end, so the ump may have missed the first part.

  10. historiophiliac - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Yeah, you can all hate on my boy Pierzynski but that there’s a teammate! I probably woulda cussed him too. :D

    • stex52 - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Pierzynski is a clear bad guy. But I also have him on my FL team. I have no shame.

      • beefytrout - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Bad guy? I was glad the Rangers picked him up and he has yet to disappoint me.

      • km9000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        There was an SI player poll about who they’d least want for a teammate. He came in 2nd, I think, but I can’t remember who was 1st. Someone obvious, not sure if it was Bonds.

    • Cris E - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      When they interviewed Darvish after the game he was laughing as recalled asking “What is he doing?” So apparently it’s not poisoning the clubhouse or whatever.

  11. lewp - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I guess I’ll claim responsibility for Darvish loosing his no-hitter:

    Lew Patton

    Yu Darvish, 6 outs away from a no hitter!

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    Susan Wolfe Pannell What is the score? Not getting it here in the office……I don’t like missing my Rangers.

    about an hour ago · Like..

    Lew Patton 2-0 Susan. Darvish looks awesome

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    Jaime Vasquez Hope u didn’t jinxed it !

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    Lew Patton I guess I did Jaime, Houston hit a home run, Rangers lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th

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    Jaime Vasquez Smh!

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    Susan Wolfe Pannell Come on Rangers!!

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    Earline Finley Neitzler Rats!

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    Lew Patton Darvish did set a strike out record with 15 strikeouts, on to the 9th inning

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    Billy Thompson I guess u know u jinxed him. :((((

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    Lew Patton I was hoping I hadn’t, but I couldn’t contain my enthusiam

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    Lew Patton Final Rangers 2, Astros 1

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    • spellingcops - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      You should claim responsibility for wasting space on the internet. Good God that was painful to try to decipher.

  12. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Well Darvish, if you can’t no-hit the Astros it’s time to just pack it up and go back to…uh…hey, wait a minute. Have you tried pitching to the Feesh yet?

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