The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/12/11 — Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano managed to come away with his fourth victory during yesterday’s start against the Texas Rangers, but it was what he failed to come away with that had most people talking following the game.
Keeping the Texas Rangers’ bats quiet has not been an easy task for pitchers around the American League lately, but Liriano was able to do it for seven complete innings, as the Twins’ starter found himself only six outs away from his second no-hitter of the season. Unfortunately, a 5-run inning for the Twins in the bottom of the seventh gave him too much time to think about his no-hit bid, and he promptly gave up two singles and a run in the top of the eighth.
Liriano failed to become just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to record two no-hitters in a single regular season, but he did pitch eight solid innings, allowing only two hits, one run and no walks while striking out nine, en route to the 6-1 victory. And while it may no be as rewarding as getting the no-hitter, his performance has earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, June 12, 2011.