A player I’ve never heard of, Travis Wood of the Cincinnati Reds, almost threw a perfect game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wood lost the perfect game to begin the ninth inning. Not only that, the Red eventually lost the game 1-0 in 11 innings.
But first of all, what is with pitchers this season? There have already been two official perfect games this season — and a third perfect game by Armando Galarraga that was stolen from him by an umpire. To put this cluster of perfect games into perfection, the last time two pitchers had a perfect game in the same season? 130 years ago.
As for Wood, this was his third career start. The 23-year-old was drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft. He has yet to register either a win or loss in his three starts. It would have been an amazing feat if his first win was a perfect game.
Said Wood: “I tried not to think about it too much. I just tried to go after one hitter at a time and not think about it.”
Hopefully Wood soaked it in because this is the closest he’ll ever come to a perfect game.