The Rangers' Aaron Myette started tonight against the Orioles in Baltimore. He ran a 2-0 count on Mevin Mora, the first man that he faced, and after arguing balls and strikes was thrown out by home plate umpire Mark Hirschbeck. Todd Van Poppel came in, proceded to throw two balls to Mora to complete the walk (charged to Myette--it's up to the official scorer's discretion if they split the balls), and then walked the next batter, Jerry Hairston, on five pitches. With men on first and second, he then struck out the side and threw a perfect second inning with two more K's. Joaquin Benoit came in in the third inning and worked two perfect innings. He hit a batter in the fifth and the seventh sandwiching a perfect 6th, but Baltimore has yet to get a hit off of him. Texas leads in the middle of the eighth 7-0.
It is reminiscent of the 1917 game in which Babe Ruth walked the first batter that he faced, argued balls and strikes, and got ejected. Ernie Shore relieved Ruth, picked the runner off of first and proceeded to pitch a perfect game (that was changed to a combined no-hitter in 1991).