Tuesday night Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Dravish came oh so close to a perfect game. It came down to the final batter with two outs in the ninth inning before Yu gave up the only hit of the day for the Huston Astros. The game was a masterpiece before the 27th batter came to the plate and spoiled Yu Darvish's perfect game. Lets look at other heart breaking lost perfect games and see where Yu compares.
Brian Holman Remembers Almost Perfect Game
Brian Holman: April 20, 1990 - With two outs, Holman toed the rubber to face Ken Phelps of the A's. Phelps took a Holman offering and deposited it into the right field seats for a home run. He then retied the next batter for a one hitter.
Billy Pierce: June 27, 1958 - Pierce got the first two outs in the ninth inning quickly and set up to face pinch-hitter Ed Fitz Gerald of the Washington Senators. Fitz Gerald ended Pierce's bid with a double to right field, the ball landing mere inches inside the first-base line. The Game ended as a one hitter.
Milt Wilcox: April 15, 1983 - He retired the first 26 batters in a row vs. the White Sox and prepared to face pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston to put the finishing touches on a perfect game. He gave up a single to center field before ending the game with a one hitter.
Milt Pappas: Sept. 2, 1972 - Milt Pappas is the only pitcher ever to have a perfect game foiled by a walk. With a 2-2 count on a pinch hitter the umpire called 2 balls and spoiled Milt Pappas Perfect game as he got out the next batter. Pappas still is mad about the umpires call to this day.
Mike Mussina: Sept. 2, 2001 - On Sept. 2, 2001, Mussina, now with the New York Yankees, was mowing down the Boston Red Sox. Mussina worked 8.2 perfect innings and prepared to face pinch-hitter Carl Everett. Everett Blooped a ball into left field.
Yu Darvish: April 2, 2013 - Perfect through the first 26 batters while striking out 14 batters You Darvish while facing shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, Darvish unleashed his first pitch that Gonzalez slapped right back up to the box. The ball eluded the glove of a diving Elvis Andrus into center field for a base hit. All Darvish could do was smile as he came so close.
Dave Stieb - Perfect
Dave Stieb: Aug. 4, 1989 - In 1985, Stieb brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning only to give up back-to-back home runs. In 1988, Stieb was robbed of no-hitters in consecutive starts, and on both occasions, he had two outs and two strikes on the final hitter of the game.
Detroit Tigers Armando Galarraga Perfect Game Robbery 6/2/10
Armando Galarraga: June 2, 2010 - This one must hurt the most. Galarraga was on the verge of perfection against the Cleveland Indians. Facing Jason Donald with two outs in the ninth inning, Galarraga delivered a pitch that Donald hit weakly between first and second base. What followed was umpire Jim Joyce making a terrible blown call ending Gallarraga's perfect bid.