No-hitter facts and opinions
It’s pretty easy to look at the lineup the Tigers fielded — without Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen or Brandon Inge — and knock down Matt Garza’s no-hitter a peg. He threw more than 100 fastballs, and it can be tough to imagine Ordonez not taking one of those high fastballs to the opposite field for a single, making it at least a one-hit shutout instead of a no-no.
- The first no-hitter in Rays history is also the first no-hitter against the Tigers since Randy Johnson did it June 2, 1990 at the Kingdome.
- The Rays have been involved in three no-hitters this year — two against them, and now one for them. They’re the first team in 93 years to be involved in three no-nos in the same season. The 1917 St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox were the last teams to do it. The Browns threw two no-hitters and suffered one, all against the White Sox.
- No Rays pitcher had so much as taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning in history. Dewon Brazelton and Tony Saunders shared the record for longest no-hit bid at 7 2/3 innings — Brazelton against the Marlins on June 25, 2004, Saunders against the Orioles on April 22, 1999.
- It’s the second time this year that two pitchers have taken no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the same. Gavin Floyd and Ted Lilly took their bids into the seventh when the White Sox took on the Cubs June 13.
- It was the first no-hitter broken up by a grand slam in the sixth inning or later since then-Met Frank Viola walked the bases loaded ahead of a Dickie Thon grand slam with one out in the sixth inning on July 23, 1990 at Philadelphia.