Armando Galarraga pitched the game of his life against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. With two outs in the top of the 9th, he was one out away from a perfect game, a rare feet in baseball. Twenty-seven batters faced, twenty-seven outs. No walks, no errors.
The last hitter he faced, Jason Donald, hit a ground ball to the hole between first and second. It was fielded by Miguel Cabrera and tossed to Galarraga, who was covering the bag at first. Jim Joyce, the first-base umpire, called Donald safe, killing the perfect game/no-hitter.
It was a close play, and it’s obvious from looking at the replay that Joyce missed the call. He even admits that he missed it. The outrage from fans has been loud, though mixed as far as reversing the call to somehow give Galarraga the perfect game.
Galarraga has been a class act, by the way. This was the scene today in Detroit: