Darvish 11th perfecto foiled by 27th batter
Galarraga, Mussina among recent perfect-game tries that ended with one out to go
After retiring the first 26 batters he faced in order Tuesday, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish allowed a two-out single to Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros in the ninth inning and lost his bid for the 24th perfect game in Major League history.
Darvish was the first pitcher since Detroit's Armando Galarraga in 2010 and the 11th overall to lose a bid for a perfect game with two out in the ninth. Here are the 10 others to have had their run at perfection ended by the 27th batter of the contest:
• Hooks Wiltse, Giants, July 4, 1908. The 27th batter, the Phillies' George McQuillen, was hit by a pitch. Wiltse ended up throwing a 10-inning no-hitter.
• Tommy Bridges, Tigers, Aug. 5, 1932. The 27th batter, Senators pinch-hitter Dave Harris, singled. Bridges finished with a one-hit shutout.
• Billy Pierce, White Sox, June 27, 1958. The 27th batter, pinch-hitter Ed Fitz Gerald of the Senators, doubled. Pierce settled for a one-hit shutout.
• Milt Pappas, Cubs, Sept. 2, 1972. The 27th batter, pinch-hitter Larry Stahl of the Padres, walked. Pappas ended up with a no-hitter.
• Milt Wilcox, Tigers, April 15, 1983. The 27th batter, White Sox pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Sr., singled. Wilcox finished with a one-hit shutout.
• Ron Robinson, Reds, May 2, 1988. The 27th batter, pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson of the Expos, singled. Robinson then surrendered a two-run homer and was removed from the game. He recorded the win in a 3-2 victory.
• Dave Stieb, Blue Jays, Aug. 4, 1989. The 27th batter, the Yankees' Roberto Kelly, doubled and scored on a subsequent hit. Stieb settled for a two-hitter.
• Brian Holman, Mariners, April 20, 1990. The 27th batter, A's pinch-hitter Ken Phelps, homered. Holman settled for a one-hitter.
• Mike Mussina, Yankees, Sept. 2, 2001. The 27th batter, pinch-hitter Carl Everett of the Red Sox, singled. Mussina finished with a one-hit shutout.
• Armando Galarraga, Tigers, June 2, 2010. The 27th batter, Jason Donald, reached first base on an incorrect call made by umpire Jim Joyce. Galarraga, who covered first on the play, got the next batter out to complete a one-hit shutout.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.