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Jered Weaver stymies Twins for first career no-hitter

May 3, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

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We’ve got a big no-no alert tonight out in Anaheim.

Angels starter Jered Weaver is just three outs away from completing a no-hitter against the Twins. He’s fanned eight batters and walked just one in a dominant showing against a punchless Minnesota lineup, and is sitting on 111 pitches as the game moves to the bottom of the eight inning.

We’ll update Weaver’s progress out by out.

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UPDATE, 12:32 AM: Twins reliever Matt Capps retired Vernon Wells, Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales in order in the bottom of the eighth. Weaver will take the mound in the ninth with a shot at history.

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UPDATE, 12:33 AM: Weaver gets the Twins’ Jamey Carroll to fly out to left field for the first out.

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UPDATE, 12:35 AM: Weaver fans Denard Span, painting a called third strike inside. Two down.

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UPDATE, 12:36 AM: Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla sent a fly ball to the warning track in right field that was chased down by Torii Hunter for the third out. That’s it. Weaver’s first career no-hitter.

“I’m at a loss for words right now, man,” Weaver told the Angels’ television broadcast and the 27,000 fans at Angel Stadium after completing the feat. “It hasn’t even kicked in yet. Thank you guys for all the support.”

The 29-year-old right-hander finished with a pitch count of 121 (77 of which were strikes) and nine punchouts.

  1. tacklemeelmo - May 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The first base runner reached on a dropped 3rd strike. Weaver then walked Willingham in the 7th.

  2. tacklemeelmo - May 3, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Congrats to Weaver! Sad it came at the expense of the Twins, but it is always a blast to watch a no-hitter. Really had a dominant game and the two flyouts in the 9th were maybe the 2 hardest hit balls all night.

  3. Ben - May 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    So damn close to a perfect game, congrats to Weaver, from a Twins fan.

    • tacklemeelmo - May 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      I’m glad he walked Willingham in the 7th. Would have sucked to not have the perfecto due to a dropped 3rd strike.

    • citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Thanks. You Twins fans were very cool at the Big A. Your team has lots of good draft choices that will come up within a few years.

  4. randallmyhandle - May 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    What made Gardenhire maddest was having to use Capps in a non-save situation.

  5. randygnyc - May 3, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Devastating pitch selection and he was able to execute location and velocity. Kudos to Jered Weaver. It was also cool to have his parents there and other family.

    With that said, I have a question, casilla was up in the 7th. Twins down by 9. I’m thinking that a bunt for a hit wouldnt be defiling the unwritten rules of baseball. See, the twins had to start getting base runners. Especially because there’s no 9 run home runs. I know pitchers get offended. Verlabder freak when aybar tried it late in a game, but it was only 2-0. How do you guys feel about that?

    Anyway, a howdy congrats to the LA Jared “Stoner” Weaver

  6. storebrandcookies - May 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Dang wished I could of watched the whole game, only catched the last two innings when they showed it on SC. Congrats to Weaver; His parents were at the game – What a treat for them to witness.

  7. fhuizar - May 3, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I bought 2 tickets for 5 bucks each for tonights game

    Me and my buddy work our way to field level and….

    WITNESS A NO HITTER!!!!

    HALOS!!!

  8. sackbombs - May 3, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Shouldnt really count against a minor league line up

    • citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Well, it does count.

    • elgorditodehumboldt - May 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      how many other pitchers have thrown no-hitters against the Twins this year?

  9. foreverchipper10 - May 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    The Halos went to Jered…..and got gold, Jerry. Gold!

  10. hushbrother - May 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    With that outfield defense and Weaver an extreme fly ball pitcher, he might be as good a bet as anyone to win the Cy Young Award.

  11. thefalcon123 - May 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    pfffffffft. It’s not that impressive. One of his teammates already has 10 no-hitters this year.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=pujolal01&t=b&year=2012

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