Detroit Pitcher Armando Galarraga’s quest for a perfect game on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians came to an end after a botched call by the first base umpire ruled the 27th and final batter safe. Galarraga kept his cool and retired the next batter to record a one-hit, 3-0 shutout in the game. As a reward for Galarraga’s performance on and off the field, Chevrolet stepped up to the plate and delivered a new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport convertible to the hometown pitching hero.
Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indians batters on Wednesday evening. The 27th and final batter, Jason Donald, hit a routine ball in the hole between first and second base. Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball and threw to Galarraga, who stepped on first base, apparently before Donald touched the base and was called safe.
Galarraga kept his cool, returned to the mound and retired the next batter to record a one-hit, 3-0 shutout, throwing just 88 pitches.
GM North American President Mark Reuss, who presented a Chevrolet Corvette to Galarraga at today’s game against the Cleveland Indians, said the way the pitcher had handled the incredible events deserved to be recognized regardless of what record books would ultimately show.
“It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history.”
– Mark Reuss, GM North American President
Reuss said he had known the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Tigers, his whole life and the family has always been a great supporter of General Motors.