Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Rangers’ Yu Darvish gracious after losing perfect game with two outs in 9th: ‘I’m really satisfied’

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 on 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. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus….


Using his dizzying array of pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 97 mph, a slider, and 95 mph cutters, Darvish bedeviled the mostly inexperienced Houston hitters.
“When I tell you we threw everything, we threw everything,” said Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who caught Humber’s perfect game for the White Sox last season. “We threw the kitchen sink tonight, but Yu has the ability to do that and he’s special.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 09:32 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, perfect game, rangers, yu darvish

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 12:49 PM (#4403176)
I think Darvish is a very legitimate Cy Young contender this year. His stuff is filthy, he's had a year to adapt, and he had a much higher ERA than FIP or xFIP.
   2. Khrushin it bro Posted: April 03, 2013 at 12:58 PM (#4403199)
I think Darvish is a very legitimate Cy Young contender this year. His stuff is filthy, he's had a year to adapt, and he had a much higher ERA than FIP or xFIP.


Yeah he's nearly perfect.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4403208)
He was the obvious pick in the "first pitcher to throw a perfect game against the 2013 Astros" pool. Now the smart money is shifting to Felix Hernandez next week.
   4. deputydrew Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4403211)
That was a SI** 1-19, GB SS(C) 20
   5. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:13 PM (#4403223)
@3 - We have a winner!
   6. Astroenteritis Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4403286)
Usually root for pitchers, even opposing pitchers, to get their no-hitters/perfect games, but was glad to see Marwin get the hit so that we're spared the whole, "does it really count since it was against the Astros" lines.
Seriously, Darvish is nasty and he'll get a few more chances against Houston. I still say the Astros aren't no-hit more than twice this year, but I'm a wild optimist.
   7. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 03, 2013 at 02:14 PM (#4403302)
I watched the 8th and 9th innings, and against one hitter he threw pitches at the following speeds (approximately): 88, 82, 94, 78, 95, 90. That's gotta suck.
   8. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4403346)
He got away with numerous hanging breaking balls in the 8th so it was more than fair that the Astros got to him imo.
   9. bigglou115 Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4403364)
He got away with numerous hanging breaking balls in the 8th so it was more than fair that the Astros got to him imo.


I would wager there's never been a no-hitter in the history of the sport where somebody didn't get away with numerous mistaken locations. It's literally impossible to throw 110+ pitchers pitches.
   10. jdennis Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4403387)
darvish will definitely throw a no hitter sometime. don't know about flirting with another perfecto unless he improves his control greatly.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4403474)
I would wager there's never been a no-hitter in the history of the sport where somebody didn't get away with numerous mistaken locations.

Ryan probably had some. May have come with 5 walks or something but he probably threw fewer hittable pitches than anybody in history. Career 269 BABIP, .5 HR/9 ... all told batters got a hit in just 17% of their PA. That appears to be the lowest rate in history (not sure how good the BF data is in P-I). He's the only one under 18%. Between 18 and 19 are some obvious suspects -- McDowell, Koufax, Sid Fernandez, JR Richard, Wood ... and a few surprises like Messersmith and the recently departed Bob Turley and somebody named Tommy Byrne.

And although he gave up a hit, I'm not sure Wood threw a hittable pitch in his 20-K game. (A weak grounder the 3B couldn't quite get for those who don't know)

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogCracked: Baseball Is Carefully Crafted To Skirt The Limits Of Human Ability
(4 - 5:56am, Sep 29)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

Sox TherapyTen Moments That Won A Division
(2 - 5:54am, Sep 29)
Last: Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1997 Ballot
(8 - 5:05am, Sep 29)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogOTP 2016 Sep 26: A single for Donald Trump - He doesn’t have to hit a home run to send Hillary to the showers
(1203 - 3:30am, Sep 29)
Last: CrosbyBird

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-28-16
(130 - 3:03am, Sep 29)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogTheo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs
(23 - 2:10am, Sep 29)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogFan loses ring while proposing during game at Yankee Stadium
(5 - 1:50am, Sep 29)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogSteven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow
(3 - 1:35am, Sep 29)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogTigers rely on young pitchers in next 4 games | MLB.com
(10 - 1:27am, Sep 29)
Last: Cooper Nielson

Sox TherapyLooking Ahead - Playoff Roster
(25 - 12:08am, Sep 29)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogPete Rose petitions Hall of Fame for inclusion on ballots in lengthy letter
(33 - 11:47pm, Sep 28)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2016
(22 - 11:18pm, Sep 28)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

Sox TherapyThe Most Annoying Man In The World
(5 - 11:00pm, Sep 28)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogTebow homers on first instructional league pitch
(35 - 10:23pm, Sep 28)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogHere Are The 2016 MLB Prime Time Television Ratings For Each Team
(13 - 9:25pm, Sep 28)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 0.2537 seconds
47 querie(s) executed