Perfect Yu . . . Almost

Yu Darvish came oh so close to pitching a perfect game this evening in Houston.

The 26-year-old Rangers hurler and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year threw 111 pitches over 8 2/3 innings and K-ed 14 batters in tonight’s mastery against the Astros.

Alas, ninth-place hitter Marwin Gonzalez came up with the score 6–0 and Darvish just one out from a perfecto. The light-hitting shortstop swung at the first offering — a down-the-middle, 90-mph fastball — and knocked it through the pitcher’s legs and into center field.

Darvish was removed after the base hit, but the next Astros hitter, Jose Altuve, struck out to end the game.

Congrats, all the same.

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