Gonzalez after ruining Yu Darvish's night
Astros batters had come up to the plate against Yu Darvish 26 times without success before Marwin Gonzalez stepped to the plate in the ninth inning.
Darvish had retired the previous 26 and Gonzalez was all that stood between the Rangers’ right-hander and perfection in a 7-0 loss.
Though there would have been no shame if Gonzalez’ at bat had ended the way all the others did, he saw something that offered hope. He saw Darvish start the last batter before Gonzalez, Carlos Corporan, with a fastball on the outer half of the plate and he prepared for the same.
“I was looking for a fastball away,” Gonzalez said. “He made a mistake and I got it."
Gonzalez ripped a hard grounder through Darvish’s legs and up the middle for the Astros first hit of the night.
“We didn’t want to lose like that,” Gonzalez said. “I’m grateful I got the hit and we didn’t get a perfect game (thrown against us).”
Gonzalez' hit with two outs was just Darvish's fourth pitch of the inning. Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan had gotten out on three Darvish offerings. It was an aggressive approach endorsed by manager Bo Porter.
"You have to be aggressive," Porter said. "When (Darvish) is pitching like that, you're probably going to see your best pitch in the first, second, or third pitch of the at bat. You didn't want to get behind in the count."