Armando Galarraga was perfect tonight although he won’t get credit for a perfect game.  After Armando retired the first 26 batters of the game, Jason Donald hit a ground ball between first and second.  Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball and threw to Galarraga in plenty of time to get Donald and solidify a perfect game.  The only problem was that first base umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe.

Mark Grudzielanek led off the ninth with a deep drive to left center.  Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson made a Willie Mays, over the shoulder, catch and the perfect game seemed like destiny.  But it was not to be.

The final line for Galarraga was 9 innings, 0 BBI, 3 strike outs, and 1 gift hit.

The good news is that the Tigers beat the Indians 3-0.

I’ve never felt so terrible after a Tiger win.


  1. The discussion over the two-out, top-of-the-ninth call has been continuing into the morning. On one hand, everyone praised the remorse by Joyce and the class Galarraga had to reach out to the umpire. On the other, consternation against the entire realm of umpiring in the Majors.

    I’m afraid there will be more said about this for days to come…

  2. I feel terrible for Joyce and Galarraga! Too bad each manager doesn’t have a few challenges like in the NFL.

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