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.