Ex-major-leaguer pitches for Legends in 4-1 win over Lakewood

Galarraga, robbed of perfect game while playing for Tigers in 2010

June 6, 2012 

Armando Galarraga, who gained fame by losing a perfect game on a controversial call in a major-league game two years ago, was a last-minute starter for the Lexington Legends on Wednesday night in a minor-league baseball game in Lakewood, N.J..

Galarraga allowed one run on four hits in four innings and the Legends went on to beat the BlueClaws 4-1.

Galarraga was relieved by Jonas Dufek, the original starter, who pitched five scoreless innings for the win.

Lexington got its four runs in the second inning when Delino DeShields Jr. hit a triple with the bases loaded.

On June 2, 2010, Galarraga, then with the Tigers, was pitching a perfect game against Cleveland at Comerica Park with two outs in the ninth inning when Jason Donald hit a ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera fielded the ball and tossed it to Galarraga covering first base for what appeared to be the final out, but veteran umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe. Joyce later apologized to Galarraga for making the incorrect call. Both Joyce and Galarraga earned respect for the way they handled the matter, and even collaborated with writer Daniel Paisner on a book titled Nobody's Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History.

Since the almost perfect game, Galarraga has gone down to the minors and been with the Diamondbacks and Orioles organizations. Houston signed him May 21 and now it's planned he'll work his way up to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service