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W: Justin Verlander(3-3)
L: Ricky Romero (2-4)
Austin Jackson, 3-for-5, 2B, R
Scott Sizemore, 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R
Victor Martinez, 2-for-5, 2 RBI
Jhonny Peralta, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Alex Avila, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ryan Raburn, 2-for-5, 2B, R
Brandon Inge, 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R
Blue Jays Standouts
Justin Verlander tossed his second career no-hitter, facing the minimum amount of batters as the Tigers trounced the Blue Jays. Verlander allowed just one baserunner—J.P. Arencibia, who drew a walk after a 12-pitch at-bat in the eighth.
Verlander had the benefit of consistently good defense backing him up and also had the good fortune of pitching against a Jose Bautista-less Toronto lineup. But even with a bit of good luck on his side, Verlander was outstanding throughout the game, throwing 74 strikes out of a mere 108 pitches.
The Tigers Ricky Romero started for the Jays and was pulled from the game after allowing six runs in just three and a third.
Disclaimer: I try to keep these as unbiased as possible, but I'm a diehard Twins fan. This being said, Verlander's no-no was FAR more impressive than Liriano's earlier this week. It wasn't a contest. While Liriano's was human, Verlander's was sheer dominance. That being said, both were fun to watch.
Here are a few notes I jotted down toward the end of the game:
-This wasn't just Verlander's eighth start—it was his eighth quality start.
-The aftermath was hilarious. Verlander got a Gatorade bath and the announcer who was about to interview him got a splash of it, too—enough such that he was dripping wet for the entritety of said interview.
-If I would've known a rookie was going to spoil my no-hitter, I'd have just hit him in the back with a fastball (which in the eighth inning, was still running consistently in triple-digit speeds).
-The defense really backed up JV today. Lots of hard hit balls and decent plays. Nothing really highlight reel-esque, but very strong D nonetheless.
-Toronto fans were very classy. Place went nuts afterwards for Verlander. He even showed the mutual class of tipping the cap.
-Two no-hitters in less than a week. Just awesome.