Apr 11, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Global Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Arlington, Tex – It seems to be a story line that is repeated over and over, Yu Darvish takes a no-hitter/perfect game deep against the Houston Astros.
It was almost this time last year that Marwin Gonzalez broke up a perfect game in the 9th inning with 2 outs on a single up the middle. The ball rolled close to Darvish, he had a chance on it, but he would have had to make an awesome play to record the out.
Today, Yu Darvish again took a perfect game deep against the Houston Astros. Darvish has maintained about a 10 pitch per inning game until the 6th inning and had recorded 7 strike outs when Matt Dominguez came to the plate in the top of the 6th.
Dominguez has a history of hitting Darvish hard and often. Before entering the game, he had recorded 3 home runs over 11 at-bats. During this at-bat in the 6th inning he hit a foul ball down the right field line that hooked foul towards the wall. Alex Rios ran the ball down and had a chance on the play, but he ran out of room meeting the wall and the ball at the same time. He made a good attempt to catch the ball, but missed it.
After that Dominguez hit a weak looper up the middle for a base hit breaking up the perfect game. At least it was in the yard and not a home run.
Before that inning Yu Darvish had some how injured his thumb. There was blood all over the belt loops of his pants. The blood appeared to be coming from the top of his thumb, which could have been caused from a finger nail when he made a pitch in the 5th. Not sure if that took something off his pitches, but he has still pitched a very good game.
Even though the perfect game is broken up it is still another great game by Yu Darvish. He continues to dominate the Houston Astros. When he does record his first no-hitter or perfect game, it seems likely it will be against the Astros.