UPDATE: There goes that. Garcia was able to get Prince Fielder to ground out to Albert Pujols at first base, but walked Casey McGehee and gave up a clean single to Yuniesky Betancourt. Perfect game over. No-hitter over.
9:57 PM: We already had Derek Lowe carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning tonight, but something pretty special is brewing in St. Louis right now.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has a perfect game through seven innings against the Brewers this evening. The Cards lead the game 6-0.
Garcia has eight strikeouts so far, but has been very economical by throwing 51 out of 75 pitches for strikes. MLB’s last perfect game was thrown by Roy Halladay last May 29.
The Brewers will send Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee and Yuniesky Betancourt to the plate in the top of the eighth inning. Stay tuned to see if Garcia can make history.
No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.
Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.
It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.
Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.