26 batters up. 26 batters retired.
That was the situation that Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was facing entering his final batter of the ninth inning.
He was one out from completing one of the rarest feats in all of sports: the perfect game. It would have been only the 21st in MLB history. And miraculously, the 3rd since May 9.
But it all came down to a controversial decision by 1st base umpire Jim Joyce.
Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians fired a grounder to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, forcing Galarraga to cover first. On first glance, it appeared he wasn't touching the bag.
But from every conceivable angle available, there is evidence the runner is out.
And there should be some fans celebrating a perfect game right about now.
Jim Joyce even knows it, admitting, "I just cost that kid a perfect game."
I think it's safe to say he will not be sleeping too well tonight. I feel so bad for Galarraga, as he will most likely not have another chance for a perfect game. (They're kind of hard to come by.)
But I also feel bad for Jim Joyce. Innocent mistake. But a mistake that is costing a lot of people.
Check out the video for all the details. Awful, just awful.