There was a bid for perfection in an MLB game on Thursday.
Can you guess who was the one with a perfect game bid?
No, it wasn’t Verlander, although he was pitching very well all afternoon.
Perez was perfect for the first six innings, amazingly.
Chas McCormick doubled to open the seventh inning, so that’s when it ended.
The baseball community has the belief that, when there is a perfect game going on, they shouldn’t even mention it, or they can “jinx” it.
ESPN insider Jeff Passan didn’t directly talk about it, but he tweeted the following.
“This is a very interesting box score for a game that’s currently going on,” with a link of the game.
This is a very interesting box score for a game that's currently going on. https://t.co/7qROrzO2Nv
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 28, 2022
Did Passan Jinx Perez’s Bid For Perfection?
Passan later tweeted the word “jinx”.
He is now being charged, jokingly of course, with ruining Perez’s bid for a perfect game.
Chas McCormick's double to right field to lead off the seventh — along with @JeffPassan tweeting about it — is the undoing of Martín Pérez' perfect game bid.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) April 28, 2022
More often than you think, these things work: that’s why you will see a pitcher with a bid for perfection alone in the dugout.
Nobody talks to them, nobody lets them know that they are approaching history.
It works for no-hitters, too.
In the end, not only did the Rangers lose the bid for perfection by Perez, but the lead, too.
Verlander stayed strong for seven innings, in which he allowed a single run, and Kyle Tucker hit a two-run home run in the eighth.
Despite a late Corey Seager home run that put the game at 3-2, the Astros ended up winning the game against the Rangers.
It was an interesting afternoon on Twitter, though.