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Justin Verlander loses no-hit bid in the ninth, settles for complete game shutout

May 18, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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UPDATE: So much for that. Justin Verlander‘s no-hit bid was broken up on a single by Josh Harrison with one out in the ninth. Harrison just stuck his bat out and the ball just managed to eek past the outstretched glove of shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

Verlander was given a rousing ovation by the Comerica Park crowd for his efforts before settling down to get Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen on ground outs to end it. He ended up settling for a complete game one-hitter as part of a 6-0 victory. The Detroit ace is now 5-1 on the year with a 2.14 ERA and 68/14 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings.

9:13 PM: The no-no is still intact after Verlander struck out out the side in a dominant eighth inning. He got Casey McGehee looking and Nate McLouth and Clint Barmes swinging, giving him 12 strikeouts on the night. He’s still bringing high-90s heat consistently and even hit 100 mph in the inning according to the TV gun. Absurd.

He’s slated to face Michael McKenry, Josh Harrison and Neil Walker in the ninth.

8:59 PM: We could be witnessing a little bit of history tonight in Detroit.

Justin Verlander, who already has two career no-hitters, has yet to allow a hit over his first seven innings of work against the Pirates.

Verlander has issued two walks on the night, including Neil Walker in the first and Andrew McCutchen in the seventh. He has nine strikeouts, including a nasty breaking ball that which caught Garrett Jones looking to end the seventh and stranded McCutchen at second base. His pitch count is at 82, so he’s probably going the distance in this thing no matter what. The Tigers currently have a 4-0 lead.

Verlander is slated to face Casey McGehee, Nate McLouth and Clint Barmes in the eighth. If he can complete the feat, he’ll join Cy Young, Bob Feller and Larry Corcoran with three career no-hitters. Sandy Koufax had four and Nolan Ryan had seven.

  1. micker716 - May 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Shouldn’t have benched Jose Tabata.

  2. icanspeel - May 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    And there goes the no hitter after 8 1/3. I didn’t see it in action, only on espn gamecast, but “ball 1” looked in the zone right before the hit.

    • dondada10 - May 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Just gonna post the same exact thing. Ball 1 looked like it had a lot of plate.

  3. mydadyourmom - May 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Harrison owns Verlander.

  4. mikeb119 - May 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    is there any other type of shutout other than the complete game variety?

  5. sleepyirv - May 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Getting Verlander to throw no-hitters until the 9th is a complex scheme by the rest of the league to get Verlander to throw more innings under the belief that he’ll be more tire later in the season. It’s a stupid theory, but all the smart theories don’t work.

  6. xsherr - May 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    This guy is amazing.

  7. jimeejohnson - May 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Every team wishes they had Justin Verlander. When does he become a free agent? That should be the bidding war of ALL bidding wars.

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