Wow. What a game!
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was called up from Triple-A a couple weeks ago to work on his stuff, and it's evident that the trip to Toledo paid off. Wednesday night Galarraga pitched a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians, 3-0.
It's the 21st perfect game in MLB history and the third such game this season. We never even had two in a season! Clearly there's an epidemic going on. Perhaps the hitters are taking reverse steroids.
Tension hit a critical maximum on the final out when Jason Donald hit a ground ball that forced first baseman Miguel Cabrera to range to his right, but Galarraga hastily covered first and Donald was out by a half-step. Perfect game.
I feel great for Galarraga. He was acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers back in 2008 and turned out to be the best pitcher on the staff that year (13-7, 3.73 ERA). Yes, even better than Justin Verlander. Surprising, right? But Armando regressed in '09 with a 5.64 ERA and couldn't make the rotation in spring training, losing out to Dontrelle Willis.
But Willis is in Arizona. And Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game.
The game he pitched was … well, it was phenomenal. It only took 83 pitches to complete the game, and 23 of the 27 batters had first pitch strikes. Unreal.
I can't believe it either. Obviously this is way cooler than Justin Verlander's no-hitter in 2007 because, well, perfect games are better. But the team really needed this. They had lost nine of 13 games leading up to this game, and to retire 27 of 27 batters in a crucial June series is just so imperative for team chemistry.
Outstanding. I'll just leave it at that. Congratulations to Armando Galarraga.