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Justin Verlander loses no-hitter in eighth, Jered Weaver ejected

Jul 31, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

Justin Verlander AP

3:45 p.m. EDT: It’s over, with the Tigers winning 3-2.  Jose Valverde replaced Verlander to start the ninth and walked leadoff man Bobby Abreu, but he bounced back to retire the next three batters.  Erick Aybar, who started the eighth-inning rally with his bunt, popped up foul to end it.

We’ll likely be hearing more about this one in a bit.  Mike Scioscia was tossed along with Weaver, and both manager press conferences could be tasty.

3:21 p.m. EDT: The no-hitter is gone and Detroit’s lead has been cut to 3-2 as the result of a Maicer Izturis two-out RBI single to left field.  Verlander may have lost his composure a bit, but much of the blame here needs to go third baseman Don Kelly, who didn’t take the easy out on Peter Bourjos‘ grounder and who also contributed to botching the rundown.  Verlander should have been out of the inning.

3:17 p.m. EDT: After a groundout put Aybar on third, Peter Bourjos grounded to third baseman Don Kelly.  Rather than take the sure out, Kelly went home and put Aybar into a rundown.  Aybar, though, escaped what was a pretty ugly rundown from the Tigers when Verlander, who was definitely nudged by the baserunner, dropped the ball.  It’s 3-1 Tigers, but the no-hitter remains intact with one out in the eighth.  Verlander is now over 100 pitches.

3:12 p.m. EDT: Gotta love the drama.  Erick Aybar broke the unwritten rule by dropping down a bunt on the first pitch of the eighth.  It wasn’t a very good one, and Verlander had a play on him, but he threw wildly of first base for what was ruled, by Detroit’s official scorer, an error on the pitcher.

3:05 p.m. EDT: And this game has suddenly taken a dramatic turn.  Carlos Guillen decided to show Weaver up after a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, and Weaver responded by throwing his very next pitch at Alex Avila‘s head.  Fortunately, it sailed over Avila’s head.  Weaver was immediately tossed, as he knew he would be the moment he let the pitch go.

Now Verlander is going to have a much longer wait than anticipated headed into the eighth inning.

2:50 p.m. EDT: Verlander walked Abreu for a second time in the seventh inning, but he got through the frame without a hit.  He’s six outs away from another piece of history.

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Justin Verlander, who pitched his second career no-hitter back on May 7 against the Blue Jays, has held the Angels hitless through six innings Sunday.

Verlander walked Bobby Abreu in the fourth inning, but he’s retired the other 18 hitters he’s faced.  He struck out six and threw 76 pitches through the six innings.

Thanks to a Magglio Ordonez homer in the third, the Tigers are up 2-0.  Jered Weaver is on the mound for the Angels and has allowed just three hits himself.

If Verlander can do it again, he’d join Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax, (four), Larry Corcoran (three), Bob Feller (three) and Cy Young (three) as the only pitchers with more than two no-hitters.

  1. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    If Verlander can do it again, he’d join Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax, (four), Larry Corcoran (three), Bob Feller (three) and Cy Young (three) as the only pitchers with more than two no-hitters.

    Doesn’t he technically have two already with the perfect game?

  2. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Ah, I read this wrong, MORE than two games XD
    Meh I’m a mathematics major. Me no do English

  3. brianbowman16 - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Verlander doesn’t have a perfect game

  4. bronco6710 - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Carlos Guillen deserves a fair chunk of the blame too for his totally classless gloating act in the bottom of the 7th, which fired up the Angels bench and led directly to Aybar’s bunt and the messy 8th inning that unfolded.

    • brianbowman16 - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      weaver was chirping at him after he struck him out for the second time. at least thats what the radio announcers said

    • Kevin S. - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      Why wouldn’t getting on base and trying to win the game lead directly to Aybar’s bunt?

      • brianbowman16 - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        because its kind of a sh***y thing to do to try and break up a no hitter in the 8th inning with a bunt.

      • brianbowman16 - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        also, if he was ‘just trying to win the game’ maybe he woulda tried it in his FIRST TWO at bats

    • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      no, it was weaver for yeling at ordonez for staying at home plate to see if his was fair or foul

  5. romosexualtendencies69 - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I see Jered can become a hothead just like his brother Jeff.

    After the way he was moaning and crying to several batters after Ordonez made sure his HR was fair, Guillen pulled the D-Bag move of purposely admiring his HR.

    If Weaver would have just let it go and stopped forcing the issue inning after inning, Guillen wouldn’t have told him to STFU already.

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