Stat Line of the Night — 7/14/2013 — Justin Verlander
On Saturday, Tim Lincecum tossed the second no-hitter of the 2013 MLB season, and less that 24 hours later, we were nearly treated to the third no-no in the Majors this year.
The culprit in this case was Justin Verlander, as the Detroit Tigers’ ace entered the seventh inning of yesterday afternoon’s game against the Texas Rangers with a no-hitter firmly intact. Unfortunately, with two outs already recorded in the inning, the 2011 AL MVP served up a double to the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland, ending his bid for his third career no-hitter.
Verlander would get out of the seventh inning without allowing any further damage, before being pulled in favor of Drew Smyly prior to the eighth. Throughout the course of the afternoon, he would allow just one hit and three walks while striking out three over the course of seven innings. That was enough to help earn the Tigers the 5-0 victory, while earning Verlander “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, July 14, 2013.