Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was just robbed from getting a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians tonight. It wasn't even close.
After dominating the Indians for 8 2/3 innings, Galarraga was one a batter away from the perfect game. He hadn't thrown more than 11 pitches in an inning, that's how well he was pitching.
The Indians rookie Jason Donald hit a ground ball in between first and second base, with Miguel Cabrera fielding it cleanly and shuffling it over to Galarraga covering the base. The pitcher shuffled his feet a bit, but still made the play and had Donald out by at least half a step. Unless you asked Jim Joyce, who was calling first base. It appeared as if he was going to call Donald out, sealing Galarraga's perfect game, but stopped and then called him safe.
It was the wrong call. Replays that followed showed Donald was clearly out, but there is no instant replay for out/safe calls in baseball, robbing Galarraga from being the 21st pitcher, and third this season, to pitch a perfect game.
Galarraga retired the next batter for a great one-hit, shutout victory, but it should have been perfect. Just one more reason baseball needs to adopt instant replay for more than just home runs.
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