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.

If you do that, though, you’d better be willing to put the same conditions under Armando Galarraga’s would-be perfect game, because that was a short-handed Indians lineup that Galarraga tamed with terrible plate appearances.
Truth is, a no-hitter is a no-hitter, and there were more than enough quality hitters in the lineup that the Tigers had their solid chances at a hit. Very few hitters, even Miguel Cabrera, could center that Garza fastball. It was simplicity in approach, but beauty in results.
“He threw high fastball after high fastball,” Leyland said. “We just didn’t get to any of them.”
Asked if there was anything to say to the team about it, though, Leyland said no.
“There’s not anything to say,” he said. “It’s part of the game. It really doesn’t matter. We got shut out 5-0. We lost. That’s the most important thing. The no-hitter is something for them to celebrate. It’s not something for us to mourn. What’s the difference? You got beat 5-0. That’s what’s important.”
Now the facts: 
  • 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.

6 Comments

It’s one thing to make a bad call – happens all the time. However, to accuse someone of something they obviously didn’t do is quite another! These umps know Jim Leyland, the man, and know full well that isn’t his way of doing things. This is disgusting and beneath them, or it should be. Jim Leyland, like any other manager will challenge an ump on a bad call and well he should. Way to go Jim. You are a great manager and we as Tiger fans are happy that you are in Detroit. Stand up for what you know is true and don’t back down. We’re behind you 100%.

like leyland said a no hitter is a no hitter.good job garza
batoha

like leyland said a no hitter is a no hitter.good job garza
batoha

the umpires need to get a little more serious about their calls. batoha

the umpires need to get a little more serious about their calls. batoha

like leyland said a no hitter is a no hitter.good job garza
batoha

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