Good Day for Pitchers: Francisco Liriano Flirts with No-No, Tommy Hanson K's 14
Just five weeks removed from throwing a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox, Francisco Liriano flirted with history through seven innings against the Texas Rangers in Minnesota Sunday afternoon.
Liriano was dominant in the Twins 6-1 win over the Rangers. He finished the game with a pitching line of eight innings pitched, two hits, one earned run, no walks and eight strike outs.
He allowed his first baserunner in the seventh inning when Twins' third baseman Luke Hughes missed a ground ball off the bat of Elvis Andrus. Hughes tried to make a backhanded play but the ball went under his glove and bounced off his knee. The official score keeper ruled the play an error, preserving the bid for a no-hitter.
In the eighth inning Liriano lost his no-hitter and shut-out. The no-hitter was wiped out an inning later when Adrian Beltre connected for the first Rangers hit of the day. Beltre would come around to score on a RBI single from Yorvit Torrealba to break up the shutout.
Meanwhile, another pitcher was tossing his own gem over in the National League.
Tommy Hanson struck out a career high 14 batters as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 4-1.
The 24-year old right handed Hanson struck out five batters in a row at one point during the game. The retired the last three batters he faced in the game on strikes before being lifted after the seventh inning.
His 14 strike outs were the most by a Braves pitcher since John Smoltz struck out 15 in a game against the Mets in 2005.
Dan Uggla and Brian McCann both homered to give the Braves the win in support of Hanson's dominant performance.
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