Let’s look back at the nearly perfect match of former Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010, at Comerica Park.
As you might hear, 10 years ago today, Detroit Tiger Pitcher Armando Galarraga withdrew from the first 26 Cleveland batters he faced at Comerica Park before No. 27, Jason Donald, reaches headquarters loudly by first base referee Jim Joyce.
We have discussed it a little this week here at freep.com. Anthony Fenech overtook key figures, plus several others involved in the game and its aftermath; You can read here. (It’s been a long time, but we think you will enjoy it.)
Our man, Fenech, also explains why it’s impossible to think of it as the “perfect match,” officially as much as it suits and pleases Galarraga and Joyce.
Or maybe you are interested in other tigers that are nearing perfection? We also have it.
Or if you have a few hours to kill, you can watch the game here. (The first pitch of 2010 is 7:07 PM, if you want to synchronize your anger at that point.)
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To get you ready for it, here are some more interesting statistics, at least in the principal’s perspective, from that comfortable summer night. (Full disclosure, I was in the game for the whole although it usually works nights – thanks for … say, an unpaid holiday from Freep – and it’s still one of the most memorable and amazing events I’ve ever seen immediately. Even if I’m not process it fully – I’m sure I must have seen it wrong from my lower seat in the line – until I arrived at the nearest bar and was able to catch replays.)
By the way, let’s get back to the “Imperfect Game” memory path again with a few notes:
Length of the game in minutes; it was the second shortest match in the history of Comerica Park, behind the 101-minute victory over the Royals in 2002. The Galarraga match was extended with a 1:23 argument between Joyce and Tigers manager Jim Leyland and 1:14 at Steve Crowe at-bat, where he draw five pitches on the way to groundout in the third.
The pitch thrown by Galarraga; The official record for the fewest pitches in a perfect game is 88, which was set by David Cone of the Yankees in 1999. Hit Donald came on pitch No. 83. (The Giants’ Matt Cain holds the official record for most pitches, 125, in his 2012 perfect match against Astros.)
Strikes by Galarraga; It will be bound for the fewest strikes in a perfect game. Addie Joss from Cleveland attacked three White Sox fighters on October 2, 1908. Every other perfect match in MLB history featured at least five attacks.
The attack swung by Indians; Two of the three Galarraga strikes came with a swing strike (Mark Grudzielanek, sixth; Jhonny Peralta, eighth). Only Austin Kearns in the fifth innings saw.
A three-ball count for India; Only Travis Hafner, leading the fifth innings, drew three balls from Galarraga in a six-pitch at-bat that ended with a left-hand popout in the foul region.
The field officers were interspersed by midfielders Austin Jackson and Ramon Santiago respectively; Galarraga fielded two, Miguel Cabrera had four (not including Donald hits) at first, Carlos Guillen had four on the second and Brandon Inge (3B), Johnny Damon (LF) and Magglio Ordoñez (RF) each had one.
The perfect official game in the history of MLB; Galarraga will be the 21st, chronologically, and the third in a span of one month in 2010. Interestingly, only two perfect 19th-century games come within one week of each other in June 1880. The 20th century does not saw a perfect third game (after Cy Young in 1904 – they had to mention awards for him – and Joss in 1908) until 1922, when Chicago Charlie Robertson dominated the Tigers in Detroit. And, finally, in the 21st century, we have seven perfectos – not including Galarraga, of course – even though none have since Seattle Felix Hernandez did it on August 15, 2012.
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