Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was one out away Tuesday night from throwing the second perfect game in franchise history. Darvish’s dominance of the Houston Astros included a career-high 14 strikeouts.
But his 111th pitch came off Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez’s bat and one-hopped right back at Darvish.
The 26-year-old pitcher tried to get his glove down in time but later admitted it “was impossible to catch.”
Darvish on last play: That was impossible to catch.
Darvish exited immediately after allowing his only hit, forced to settle for the consolation prize of getting the Rangers their first victory of the 2013 season.
Darvish said he didn’t know he was tossing a perfect game until his teammates stopped talking to him in the dugout between innings. After being pulled by manager Ron Washington, Darvish tipped his hat to the Houston crowd and was greeted by his teammates at the steps of the Rangers dugout.
“I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was,” Darvish said.