Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins wrote his name in the annals of history last night, as the hard-throwing lefty delivered the first no-hitter of the 2011 season. Liriano entered the contest with a 9.13 ERA, so naturally, he was the prime candidate to deliver the first no-no of the season.
Liriano had just seemed off throughout the early portion of the season, failing to last more than 6.1 innings in any of his previous starts this season, but he had it somewhat working on Tuesday night.
I say somewhat, though, for a reason. As has been the case throughout the season, the lefty simply couldn't find the strike zone. Of his 123 pitches, just 66 were strikes and he managed to strike out just two over the course of the game.
Liriano was also nowhere near perfect; he walked six hitters over the course of his no-no and didn't really look all that dominant.
Even so, one can't help but wonder if perhaps this could be just what the struggling lefty needs to turn the corner this season. Despite his poor showing overall, Liriano is fully capable of turning this into a rallying point this season and becoming the pitcher many fans assumed he would be.
If that's not enough to whet your sports appetite, the Miami Heat grabbed a stranglehold on their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics, delivering a solid performance yet again to take a 2-0 series lead.
Of course, the action surrounding the 2011 Kentucky Derby is starting to heat up, too, with just three days left until the Race for the Roses gets underway.
Can Uncle Mo keep his recent momentum and take the position of race day favorite? Or will another horse from what remains a wide-open field for the most famous horse race in the country take the title?
In other words, it's shaping up to be another wild day in the sports world.