Controversial Call Costs Rangers P Yu Darvish His Perfect Game

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffAugust 12, 2013

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game headed into the sixth inning against the Astros. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Darvish pitched a low breaking ball to Houston's Jonathan Villar.

Both Darvish and his catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, were sure that he had just recorded his 12th strikeout of the day, but umpire Ron Kulpa called for ball two. Darvish walked Villar two pitches later to ruin his perfect game, at which time Pierzynski was thrown out of the game for arguing the aforementioned call.

Darvish went on to give up a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to Carlos Corporan, breaking up his no-hit bid as well, but the Japanese flamethrower still had an incredible day. He struck out a career-high 15 batters on his way to a one-hit win.

Thanks to Cork Gaines and FTW for the GIFs.