The Stat Line Of The Night — 7/27/11 — Ervin Santana
When the Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander recorded no-hitters four days apart in early May, it appeared as though we were headed for a season full of no-hit games. However, heading into yesterday’s action we hadn’t seen a single pitcher accomplish that feat since Verlander no-hit the Jays on May 7th (80 days ago, to be exact), but the Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana would end that drought yesterday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians couldn’t do much against Santana. They managed to score one run in the first inning when leadoff hitter Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error and scoreed on a wild pitch, but that would be the end of the Indians’ offensive production, as Santana would allow only a single walk, while striking out ten batters during his first career no-hitter. Luckily for him, the first inning error wouldn’t result in a no-hit loss, as his teammates provided enough offense to come away with the 3-1 win.
Santana now becomes the third player this season to record a no-hitter and the first pitcher to allow a run while pitching a no-hitter since the Houston Astros’ Darryl Kyle did so against the New York Mets on September 8, 1993. As a result, he was an easy pick for our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, July 27, 2011.