Alas, Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez killed Darvish's perfect game bid by hitting a sharp line drive back up the middle with two outs in the ninth inning. It was a legit hit. BTW - As a rookie last season, Gonzalez batted .234.
Darvish: 8.2 ip., 1 hit, 0 r, 0 bb, 14 K, 111 pitches, 78 strikes
Bummer to see Darvish came so far to finish one batter away from perfection.
As dominant as Darvish was, he was not as impressive as Kerry Wood in 1998 when he toyed with the Astros.
That Astros team had real professional hitters and not their current collection of inexpensive kids that partly comprise a team payroll of 33 dollars and 45 cents.
On May 6, 1998 Wood was making his fifth career start for the Chicago Cubs. Some have argued that it's the best game ever pitched.
He was facing an Astros lineup that featured Craig Biggio, Derek Bell, Jeff Bagwell, Jack Howell, Moises Alou and Brad Ausmus. All of those guys ranged from good to Hall of Fame.
Wood: 9 ip., 1 hit, 0 run, 0 bb, 20 K, 122 pitches, 84 strikes.
The only hit in the game came by Ricky Gutierrez leading off the top of the third inning - a shot in the hole between third and short.
Darvish's game was brilliant, and it was a reminder of just how good the kid from Grand Prairie was one overcast afternoon in Chicago.
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