Two no-hitters in baseball this week…

8 05 2011

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not just a Blue Jays fan. I’m a baseball fan in general. And unlike some fans, even though I’m enjoying the power that we’ve seen from Jays outfielder Jose Bautista so far this year, I’m more partial to baseball games with low scores, as it shows the pitchers are on their games.

And once in a great while, we get gems like we saw this past week.

Last Tuesday, Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano threw the first no-hitter of the season. This was an impressive achievement, to be sure, but it could have gone wrong, as he gave up 6 walks en route, and his Twins only won the game 1-0.

Saturday afternoon, Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander showed how it was done, hurling a no-hitter at the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing only one walk. He was only the one walk shy of throwing a perfect game, in fact!

A report I read in USA Today suggested that 2011 could surpass 2010 when it comes to no-hitters being thrown. In addition to the gem by Verlander, other great games were thrown on Friday. You can read about them here:

Even though Verlander’s no-hitter was against my team, as a baseball fan, I cheer when a no-hitter is thrown, as they are very rare. Think about it. In Major League Baseball, there are approximately 2,430 regular-season games played every year, and last year, there were only six no-hitters thrown, including two perfect games. A very rare accomplishment, indeed, and something to be celebrated, no matter which teams are involved.

Congratulations, Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander, on pitching your no-hitters this past week!




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