The Year of the Pitcher: Part 5

Posted: July 27, 2010 by amyaubrey in MLB
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It seems like we write up new stories about great pitching at least once a month this season. Oh wait, that’s because we do. Well here is one more to add to the list: Matt Garza pitched a no hitter yesterday, the 5th one this season. He actually faced the minimum of 27 batters, but he walked one guy & got the double-play the next batter so he wasn’t perfect. It was the first no-hitter thrown in Tampa Bay Rays history.

Last night, both pitchers had no-no’s going into the 6th inning. Max Scherzer of the Tigers walked 2 guys & another reached base because of catcher’s interference. Next batter, Matt Joyce hits a grand slam breaking up Scherzer’s bid. In the 9th, Garza got Ramon Santiago to fly out to right to seal the deal.

The Rays have been on the wrong side of no-hitters 3 times since last year, 2 of which have been perfect games. Mark Buehrle & Dallas Braden’s perfectos & Edwin Jackson’s no-no were all against the Rays. Now the only 2 teams that haven’t thrown no-hitters in their team’s history are the Mets & the Padres. When a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter, superstition says the other players shouldn’t be near him. Garza said after the game that they weren’t staying away from him but they were standing in the exact same spots they stood in all game without moving. Well it obviously worked for Matt, congratulations!

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