Ervin Santana turned in a performance Wednesday that won’t soon be forgotten, pitching a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-1 Angels win.
Santana was as efficient as he was dominating, needing just 105 pitches—76 of them strikes—to give the Angels their first complete-game no-hitter since Mike Witt’s perfect game at Texas in 1984. And the Indians came close to a hit just once, when Howie Kendrick made a sliding, back-handed stop of Jason Kipnis’ ground ball leading off the sixth and threw out the runner from his knees on the grass behind second base.
The only other close call came with two outs in the seventh when designated hitter Travis Hafner lined an 0-2 pitch down the left-field line. But the ball landed several feet foul.
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