In his first start of the year, Texas Rangers’ Japanese starting pitcher, Yu Darvish, nearly completed a perfect game. Reminiscent of the 2001 Mike Mussina start where Carl Everett ended “The Moose’s” perfect game with two outs in the 9th, Marwin Gonzalez, the Houston Astros #9 hitter, broke it up with with two outs in the ninth. A dribbler up the middle ended the night for Yu Darvish. He knotted 14 strikeouts and surrendered just one fly ball. Despite falling an out short, this is just the beginning of what should be a Cy Young caliber year for Darvish in Texas.
Kenny Rogers remains the last Texas Ranger to throw a perfect game. We may have to be on perfect game alert anytime the Astros face an ace. It’ll be a long year in Houston.
Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at RyanKantor.com and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.
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