Justin Verlander no-hit the Blue Jays.
-He threw 108 pitches and struck out 4. Both of those numbers are tied for season lows .
–The other game where he struck out four? His only other complete game on the season, a 2-0 loss to Texas on 4/11.
—The only baserunner Verlander allowed came with one out in the 8th, on a 12-pitch walk to YCPB favorite JP Arencibia.
—-Edwin Encarnacion promptly grounded into a double play, meaning Verlander faced the minimum.
—–Coming into today, Verlander had a career 6.68 ERA against Toronto in five starts.
——This is the first time Toronto was no-hit in twenty years (almost to the day—Nolan Ryan, 5/1/91).
——-Every other team in the AL has been no-hit since then.
Fun no-hitter facts: The Cubs have not been no-hit since 1965, and the Pirates since 1971.Those are the two longest active streaks. Those two were thrown by Sandy Koufax (perfect game) and Bob Gibson, respectively. Now that Toronto has been dethroned, the new AL leader in “longest time since they have been no-hit” is Oakland (July 1991, by four Baltimore pitchers).
Yovani Gallardo took a no-hitter into the eighth.
-His eight shutout innings tonight took his ERA down a full run (6.10 to 5.11).
Brandon McCarthy has two complete games this year, and has lost both of them.
-Aaron Crow gave up runs for the first time in his career.
Andre Ethier did not get a hit.
-The last four hitting streaks to get to 30 all failed to get to 31.
The Red Sox and Twins had a two hour rain delay, and starter Clay Buchholz came out to pitch again after they restarted.
The Cubs had a would-be walkoff double taken away when it bounced over the wall (the winning run was on first at the time).
-Fukudome singled him in anyway.
–Carlos Pena homered in this one, his first at Wrigley.
Evan Longoria homered and drove in four.
-That’s not too unpredictable, but those were his first four RBIs of the year.
–I know he was on the shelf for a while, but since coming back he has hit .308/.471/.462 while hitting in the middle of the lineup for a team that scored 15 runs in four games, without driving in any of them.
Jered Weaver gave up four runs in six innings.
-He also walked two and struck out none.
–It’s his second strikeout-less start of his career, and his first since a three inning outing in 2007 (h/t friend of the blog, @SamMillerOCR)
—Hisanori Takahashi struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches.
Bartolo Colon got hit around for 5 runs in 4.1 innings.
-That’s the first time a Yankee starter failed to complete six innings since 4/29.
–Derek Jeter hit a ball high off the left field wall for a double. These days, that is very unpredictable.
Dustin Moseley gave up five earned runs (and six total) in five innings.
-He had given up seven earned runs the rest of the year.
–Despite that, he dropped to 1-4 with this one.