Tuesday night the sophomore pitching sensation dominated the Houston Astros line-up striking out 14 of the first 26 batters he faced, but with one out to go and Major League Baseball's 24th perfect game on the line he gave up a single to Houston shortstop Marwin Gonzalez.
Gonzalez hit a ground ball right up the middle. Darvish was not quick enough to get his glove down in time/ Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus made a valiant leap to try and stop the ball, but missed.
With a 7-0 lead the Rangers manager Ron Washington went ahead and sat Darvish. Michael Kirkman gave up a hit before striking out J.D. Martinez to preserve the win.
"Of course, I wanted to take 27th out. but I'll make many wins in this season!"Yu by interview after this game.#Thistime
— Yu Darvish Translatd (@YuDarvishUSA) April 3, 2013
Had Darvish been able to record the perfect game it would have been the second one for the Rangers. Back in 1994 Kenny Rogers threw one against the then-California Angels striking out eight and needed just 98 pitches.