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Liriano’s attempt at another no-hitter broken up in eighth

Jun 12, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano has thrown a no-hitter through seven innings this afternoon against the Rangers, who currently sit atop the American League West standings and boast one of the highest run totals in all of baseball.

The only baserunner he has allowed came via an error by third baseman Luke Hughes in the seventh.

Liriano, who delivered a no-hitter against the White Sox a little over one month ago, has thrown 73 pitches through seven versus Texas. He has eight punch-outs and, of course, has not issued a walk. is providing free live look-ins while Liriano is on the mound. The Twins lead 1-0.

UPDATE: The bottom of the seventh inning took close to 30 minutes while the Twins tacked on five more runs, pushing the score to 6-0. That idle time clearly messed with Liriano’s rhythm as he rang up a 3-0 count then gave up a single to Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre at the beginning of the eighth. No-hitter erased.

  1. thomas2727 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Going to be interesting to hear what the so called experts will say if he gets the 2nd no hitter.

    They were all so quick to knock him down on the first one.

    A no hitter is a freaking no hitter. Who cares what a bunch of keyboard jockey’s say? lol

  2. jimbo1949 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Also showed a rain delay with 1 out in bottom of the 7th?

    • kopy - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      No rain, but that may have been the injury delay. Valencia lined a pitch back up the middle that smoked the Texas starter (Harrison, I think?) in the arm. He seems fine, injury-wise, but they took him out right away. That was definitely the bottom of the 7th, and I think it was with 1 out.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        OK, DirecTV score bug showed rain.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    He lost it in the top of the 8th. Jack Morris’s description was: “That is how you lose a no-hitter, you give up a hit.” No BS, that is what he said.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      cogent, eloquent, and concise jockism. He’s no Norman Einstein.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        I guess he could have said “That is the worst way to lose a no-hitter, by giving up a hit.” I would never put anything past Morris.

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