Apr 17, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT
It should come as no surprise who pulled it off. The execution, though, was rather shocking.
After battling command woes early in the game, Ubaldo Jimenez started working exclusively out of the stretch in the sixth inning Saturday on his way to a no-hitter against the Braves.
Jimenez retired 15 straight after walking Jason Heyward to lead off the fifth. That was his sixth and final walk of the game. He struck out seven and threw 128 pitches in the contest.
It was Jimenez’s first career shutout and third complete game. Considering that he was at 115 pitches through eight, there’s not much chance he would have worked the ninth without the no-no intact. However, he still hit 98 mph on the gun while showing no fatigue at all in the final inning.
Jimenez, who established himself as the Rockies’ ace and one of the NL’s best young starters last year, has opened the 2010 season 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
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