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Justin Verlander pitches second career no-hitter versus Blue Jays

May 7, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander pitched the second no-hitter of the 2011 season and his second career no-hitter Saturday in a 9-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Verlander had a perfect game going until catcher J. P. Arencibia worked a walk on an exquisite 12-pitch at-bat with one out in the eighth.  Arencibia, who barely missed a double down the left-field line earlier in his at-bat, was promptly erased on a double-play ball from Edwin Encarnacion, and Verlander went on to make it look easy in the ninth, getting a popup from David Cooper, a soft groundout from John McDonald and then a strikeout of Rajai Davis to end it.

Oddly enough, Verlander, who was tied for second in the AL with 51 strikeouts entering the day, fanned just four in the game.  Francisco Liriano had only two strikeouts in his no-hitter earlier this week.  Prior to that, every no-hitter thrown since Dwight Gooden’s on May 14, 1996 had featured at least six strikeouts.

Verlander’s previous no-hitter came against the Brewers in interleague play on June 12, 2007.  He joins Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.  Halladay’s second no-hitter came in the postseason last year.

The no-hitter was the seventh in Tigers history.  The last Tiger besides Verlander to throw one was Jack Morris on April 7, 1984.

  1. Brian Murphy - May 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Another day, another no-hitter. The amount of close calls just this week has been astounding.

  2. heiniemanush - May 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    What close calls? That was one of the breeziest no-hitters in recall. Verlander’s a stud.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Pretty sure he meant near-no-hitters of late. Not any controversy in this one.

      • heiniemanush - May 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        I stand corrected.

      • Brian Murphy - May 7, 2011 at 8:19 PM

        No worries. I should have moved “just” up in that sentence to make it a little clearer.

  3. skerney - May 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    how many no hitters have been pitched in canada?

    • Brian Murphy - May 7, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      With my less-than-professional navigation of B-R’s play index, I think this is No. 5. Now two in Toronto, two at Olympic Stadium in Montreal and one in 1972 at the Expos’ then-home, Jarry Park Stadium.

  4. iDroidX - May 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    This just shows how baseball is not on steroids. Case in point to support the claim, look at the All-Star games in the steroid era, and look at them after. The scores are completely one sided.

    • Mark - May 7, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      You might want to take a look at the Jays lineup before you make that statement…

      Props to Verlander on a well pitched game. Jays couldn’t touch him and you could tell from the first inning it was gonna be an ugly game for them. Arencibia had a good AB, sadly the only one the Jays managed against Verlander. For a guy with issues getting quick outs, it’s impressive that heading into the 8th he’d thrown around 84 pitches.

      • iDroidX - May 7, 2011 at 8:12 PM

        In this case, I’m going to give it to Verlander for dominating it. This is the case of just the pitcher being way better. But Lirano’s no hitter was not dominating at all.

    • jwbiii - May 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      If more position players than pitchers had been suspended recently for PEDs, that might be a reasonable statement.

  5. 78mu - May 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Well I was playing Verlander and Gallardo this week and almost got two no-hitters on the same day. Normally a game like Gallardo’s is the best you can expect from a starting pitcher but not Saturday.

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