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Jose Veras and Drew Smyly help bring no-hitter into the ninth inning

Oct 12, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

Jose Veras AP

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez tossed six no-hit innings and Al Alburquerque was responsible for one himself as Jose Veras took the mound at Fenway Park in the bottom of the eighth inning attempting to preserve a potentially historic feat. The right-hander retired both hitters he faced, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, on strikeouts before giving way to Drew Smyly as David Ortiz stepped to the plate. Smyly got Ortiz to fly out to center, meaning that the Tigers will enter the ninth inning three outs away from a combined post-season no-hitter.

Closer Joaquin Benoit will have the task of recording three more outs without allowing a hit — and more importantly, a run, as Game 1 of the ALCS is still quite close and still quite winnable for the Red Sox at 1-0. Benoit will face Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, and Stephen Drew.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Usually when my team has yet to get a hit in a 1-0 game you would think it was boring, or I’d be ready to throw something through my tv, but the way this has played out on the other side with stranded runners and such, I’m on the edge of my seat. Unreal game. Two awesome teams here..

  2. jacobk621 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Benoit reminds me of the tiger’s closer who imploded last year !!

  3. Staff - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Reblogged this on SoshiTech.

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