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Armando Antonio Galarraga Barreto

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 180 lb.

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Armando Galarraga was signed by the Montreal Expos and scout Fred Ferreira in 1998. He made his pro debut with the San Joaquin club in 1999. He then played for the Cagua team in 2000 before coming stateside with the GCL Expos in 2001-2003.

On June 2, 2010, pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Galarraga came about as close to pitching a perfect game as possible, before settling on a one-hitter. Facing the Cleveland Indians, he retired the first 26 batters of the game before facing Jason Donald one out away from making history. Donald hit a soft grounder to first base, which was fielded by 1B Miguel Cabrera, who relayed the ball to Galarraga who moved to cover the bag. Umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe, even though replays clearly indicated that the throw had beaten the runner to the base. Joyce acknowledged after the game that he had made a mistake on the call. Donald was credited with an infield single, and Galarraga retired the next batter to complete the 3-0 win - his first major league shutout. Had he been successful in completing the perfect game, it would have been the third in the major leagues in less than a month, following those of Dallas Braden on May 9th and Roy Halladay on May 29th.

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