It's been five years since Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game that wasn't
Galarraga threw a one-hit perfect game five years ago
At 33 years old, Armando Galarraga has started seven games for Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League in 2015. In his last start, he threw 6 1/3 innings, striking out three while allowing seven hits and earning the win.
But just five years ago, on June 2, 2010, Galarraga threw a perfect game for the Tigers -- except it wasn't technically a perfect game. Galarraga retired the first 26 Indians batters in a row, chugging along steadily. He only struck out three -- the rest came with aid from the Tigers defense, including an over-the-shoulder catch by Austin Jackson to open the ninth inning:
The 27th batter, Jason Donald, smacked a pitch in between first and second. Miguel Cabrera jolted over to field the ball, and Galarraga dashed to cover first in a relatively routine play. And then, one of the most memorable -- and unfortunate -- calls in MLB history occurred.
First base umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe at first, ending the perfect game and no-hitter. However, all the replays made it clear that Cabrera's throw had indeed beat Donald to the bag.
Remember -- this was before replay review. And so, Galarraga threw a perfect game that went into the history books as a one-hit shutout, after he forced a groundout from Trevor Crowe -- the 28th batter he faced.
After the game, Galarraga was still reeling from his performance -- which, let's not kid ourselves, was pretty stellar, perfect game or no. "In that situation you don't think too much. Just action, pitch-by-pitch," he said.
Galarraga didn't have anything to say about the safe call, but Joyce was apologetic to the point of being heartbroken:
That was the last season Galarraga appeared in more than 10 MLB games; he pitched eight for the D-backs in 2011 and five for the Astros in 2012. After spending 2013 in the Minors, Galarraga shipped off to Taiwan -- and now he's in the Mexican League for 2015. Does he have another 28-out perfect game in him?