Petit, who was making only his 76th major league appearance lost a perfect game to Arizona on pinch-hitter Eric Chavez's two-out, ninth-inning single, which fell just in front of a diving Hunter Pence in right field. The right-handed Petit then retired A.J. Pollock to close out the Giants' 3-0 victory at home.
Twelve pitchers have lost a perfect game on the 27th batter, three on questionable calls. Two others took a perfect game into extra innings, only to lose it. Take a look at these pitchers who had their hearts broken after coming oh-so-close to making history.
Hooks Wiltse, New York Giants — July 4, 1908
George "Hooks" Wiltse lost his perfect game to a hit batsman (Phillies pitcher George McQuillan) on a 2–2 count in a scoreless game — the only time a 0–0 perfect game has been broken up by the 27th batter. Umpire Cy Rigler later admitted that he should have called the previous pitch strike three. Wiltse won 1–0 in 10 innings — the longest complete game no-hitter, since matched twice — by Fred Toney of the Reds on May 2, 1917, and Jim Maloney of the Reds on Aug. 19, 1965. Wiltse earned his nickname because of his curveball.
Tommy Bridges, Detroit Tigers — Aug. 5, 1932
Bridges gave up a pinch-hit single to the Washington Senators' Dave Harris. The next batter, Sam Rice, was retired on a grounder and Bridges collected the 13-0 win.
Billy Pierce, Chicago White Sox — June 27, 1958
Pierce gave up a double, which landed just inches in fair territory, on his first pitch to Senators pinch-hitter Ed Fitz Gerald. Pierce managed to get the next batter, Albie Pearson, out for the 3-0 win.
Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh Pirates — May 26, 1959
Haddix actually lost his perfect game on the 37th batter, after being flawless through 12 innings. There was a throwing error in 13th, breaking up the perfect game. Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock got the game-winning hit and Haddix took the painful 2-0 loss.
Milt Pappas, Chicago Cubs — Sept. 2, 1972
Pappas walked San Diego Padres pinch-hitter Larry Stahl on a borderline 3–2 pitch and finished with a no-hitter and an 8-0 shutout. Plate umpire Bruce Froemming went on to work a record 11 no-hitters. Pappas hurled obscenities at Froemming, some of them in Greek. Pappas said years later that he continued to bear ill will toward Froemming.
Milt Wilcox, Tigers — April 15, 1983
Wilcox gave up a pinch-hit single to White Sox outfielder Jerry Hairston, who was batting for shortstop Jerry Dybzinski. The Tigers won 6-0. Hairston's two sons, Jerry Jr. and Scott, both play in the major leagues today.
Ron Robinson, Cincinnati Reds — May 2, 1988
Robinson gave up a single to the Expos' Wallace Johnson, followed by a two-run homer to Tim Raines before being removed from the game. Robinson won 3-2.
Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays — Aug. 4, 1989
Stieb gave up a double to Yankees outfielder Roberto Kelly, followed by an RBI single by Steve Sax. Stieb finished with a 2–1 victory.
Brian Holman, Seattle Mariners — April 20, 1990
Holman gave up a heartbreaking home run to ex-Mariner Ken Phelps of the Oakland Athletics — Phelps pinch hit for Mike Gallego. Holman and the M's won 6-1.
Pedro Martínez, Montreal Expos — June 3, 1995
Martinez pitched nine perfect innings against the San Diego Padres before giving up a double to Bip Roberts, the first batter in the 10th, and exiting the game, which the Expos went on to win 1-0.
Mike Mussina, Yankees — Sept. 2, 2001
Mussina gave up a single to Boston Red Sox pinch-hitter Carl Everett on a 1-2 count. Mussina ended up with a 1-0 shutout.
Armando Galarraga, Tigers — June 2, 2010
Galarraga gave up a questionable infield single to Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians. First-base umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged that he had made a bad call on the close play at first. A perfect game would have been the third in 24 days. The Tigers won 3-0 anyway.
Yu Darvish, Rangers — April 2, 2013
One out away from a perfect game, the Rangers right-hander gave up an infield single to Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros that went through Darvish's legs. Darvish was then pulled from the game. He struck out 14 batters as the Rangers won 7-0.