The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/14/11 — Justin Verlander
Talk about Deja Vu! On May 3rd this year, the Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano pitched the first no-hitter of the season. Only four days later it was Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitching a no-hitter of his own, becoming the second pitcher to do so this season.
Fast forward to this past Sunday, when Liriano came only six outs away from pitching his second no-hitter of the season. And wouldn’t you know it, only two days later it was Justin Verlander coming within five outs of pitching his second no-hitter of the season.
Verlander silenced the Cleveland Indians bats last night, allowing no hits through seven innings of work, but his no-hit bid was broken up in the eighth inning after Orlando Cabrera hit a one-out single against the Tigers’ ace. Verlander would go on to allow on more hit while striking out 12 during a complete game shutout, and the Tigers won the game by a score of 4-0.
It has been quite the season for Verlander thus far. He is currently posting an 8-3 record and an impressive 2.66 ERA. Perhaps no pitcher in the league has produced as many dominating outings as Verlander, who has thrown two two-hitters to go along with his no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7. Last night we saw yet another one of his dominating performances, and as a result he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, June 14, 2011.