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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
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   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. Willie Mayspedester 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)

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