Keilani Ricketts threw a no-hitter and had 12 strikeouts in Oklahoma’s 7-1 victory over Michigan on Thursday night in the Women’s College World Series.
Whenever you hear about a matchup of two of the best pitchers in baseball, the game rarely lives up to the hype. Sunday’s game at Comerica Park pitting Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander against the Angels’ Jered Weaver was the exception. Both pitchers were sensational. But Verlander was better.
Justin Verlander threw the 2nd no-hitter of his career – and the 7th in Tigers history – beating the Blue Jays in Toronto, 9-0.
There’s something very special about what happened in Toronto on Saturday. Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter, the second of his career and just the seventh ever by a Tiger pitcher. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it, considering that the Tigers have been around for 110 years and have played at least 154 games in each of those seasons. That’s about 17 thousand games if my math is correct.
Verlander barely missed a perfect game. He becomes the 30th pitcher in major league history to throw multiple career no- hitters.
Something was different at the Rogers Center on this Saturday afternoon (May 7, 2011). The roof was open for the first time all season and it might be the last time. Why? Because of Justin Verlander who started the game retiring 22 Blue Jays before walking J.P. Arencibia on a 3-2 count during a 12 pitch at bat.
It hasn’t happened to the Detroit Tigers in 20 years, but Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza pitched a no-hitter as the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Monday night.