Lexington Legends

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

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.