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Cubs' Drew Smyly loses perfect game, no hit in freak infield collision

Drew Smyly was immortalized with six outs before disaster struck.

The Chicago Cubs left-hander pitched seven perfect innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the best player since Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners in 2012 ( Félix Hernández, he became the first MLB pitcher to throw a perfect game. But Smyly’s perfect game was ruined when catcher Yan Gomes collided with his pitcher, and Smyly tried to throw a weak grounder to Dodgers’ David Peralta, first of the eighth. hitter.

To make matters worse, Peralta’s grounder was ruled a hit because Gomez never touched the ball and Smillie technically didn’t. Mishandled. The Cubs’ home broadcast expressed disbelief at the incident, as did the stunned crowd at Wrigley Field.

Smiley was checked by manager David Ross and an athletic trainer, but the pitcher remained in the game. He let Miguel Vargas retire to third and beat James Outman before being replaced by Jeremiah Estrada.

Smyly was greeted with thunderous applause by the crowd of 30,381 as he walked off the mound. He has 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings and has struck out 68 of his season-high 103 pitches.

Rose confirmed after the game that despite Smiley’s triple-figure pitching, the left-hander will stay in the game as his shot is in the history books was recorded in history.

“He had a real chance,” Rose said in his postgame news conference, via Marquee Sports Network. “He’s locked up and they’re as off balance as a team I’ve seen in a while.”

“I’m going to ride him harder than Yan,” Rose later added with a smile.

But Rose, a former receiver himself, didn’t harshly criticize Gomez when asked about the key game.

“It was a tough game,” Rose said. “[Smyly] had soft touches all night, so it’s fitting that it ended with the softest possible end.”

Peralta’s dribble ended up being the Dodgers’ win on Friday. The only hit since the Cubs have won 13 games -0.

There are only 23 perfect games in MLB history, including New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s game against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series.

Here’s how social media reacted to the brutal end of Smyly’s bid for the perfect game:

Associated Press for this report made a contribution.

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