Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
Yu Darvish has had the most interesting story by far on this young season.
He cruised through 8 2/3 innings against the Astros last night before everything fell apart. With two outs in the ninth, Darvish looked like he would have the first perfect game of the 2013 season. Instead, Marwin Gonzalez, the Astros’ shortstop and No. 9 hitter, goes five-hole on Darvish to knock out a single for the Astros’ first hit of the game. After a pitching change, the next man up, second baseman Jose Altuve also reached on a single, which drove Gonzalez to third. However, that’s all they could manage, as J.D. Martinez struck out to complete a 7-0 Rangers win.
Darvish was assisted with great offense in the latter innings. Ian Kinsler hit a two run homer in the seventh to make the score 3-0. An RBI double by Nelson Cruz in the 8th increased the lead to 4-0. Also in the 8th, Mitch Moreland brought home Cruz on a sacrifice fly. In the 9th, the Rangers added to their 5-0 lead. Elvis Andrus tripled to score Ian Kinsler. Finally, Lance Berkman singled to drive in the Rangers’ Kinsler and the Rangers’ final run before Darvish lost the perfect game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, there have been 21 no hitters in the majors, five of which were perfect games. The most recent occurrence in which a pitch loses the perfect game in the ninth happened in 2006. It was the combination of Devern Hansack and Jered Weaver for the Red Sox. They combined for eight perfect innings, but that game against the Orioles was called due to a rainout so it was never official. There have been many more near no-hitters over the history of the game, dating back to the late 1800’s.
It might not have been the prettiest win, but winning ugly is still a win, as the Brewers go to extras to hold off the Rockies on Opening Day by a final of 5-4. Thanks to Dexter Fowler’s solo shot in the ninth, Jim Henderson took the bump in the tenth and blanked the Rockies. Weeks gets on for the Brewers in the bottom of the 10th after being hit by a pitch. The Brewers end up with the bases loaded and only one out when Jonathan Lucroy hits a sac fly to center, allowing Weeks to come home for the game winner. It was the Brewers first win on Opening Day since winning at Wrigley in 2008. Ironically, that game also went to 10 innings. On Tuesday the Rockies even the series with an 8-4 victory behind homers from Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. The Brewers continue their series with the Rockies today with Juan Nicasio starting for the Rockies and Wily Peralta on tap for the Brewers
World of Sports
Rutgers University fired basketball coach Mike Rice earlier today after a video showed him roughing up players and using inappropriate language during practice. Rice held a press conference to apologize and to respond to his critics. Rice has been relieved of his duties after three unsuccessful years as head of the men’s basketball program at Rutgers. A nationwide search will take place to fill this position for next season
Trevor Uitenbroek, Assistant Sports Director