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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Angels’ Ervin Santana throws no-hitter against Cleveland Indians

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.

Repoz Posted: July 27, 2011 at 07:49 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. AROM Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3886887)
Also the first game that Trout and Bourjos started together. Trout + Bourjos = no room for a hit to fall in!
   2. TerpNats Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:19 PM (#3886901)
And to think that in the bottom of the ninth last night, Cleveland had the bases loaded, none out, and was one ball away from tying the game. What a difference 18 hours make.
   3. catseyepub Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:25 PM (#3886909)
Dumb programming move of the day.

The MLB channel had their channel blacked out in the New York(amongst other areas of the country) area, so anyone who wanted to see a live break in of the game had to turn on ESPN to catch it.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:27 PM (#3886910)
Never saw them hit.
   5. Shredder Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3886915)
Two other things of note: Santana entered the game 0-6 for his career against the Indians with an ERA around five. He also made his major league debut back in 1995 in Cleveland, and allowed the cycle to the first four hitters he faced. He was a little bit better today. If not for Aybar's error and his wild pitch, he would have had a shutout to go with it.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:38 PM (#3886922)

The MLB channel had their channel blacked out in the New York(amongst other areas of the country) area, so anyone who wanted to see a live break in of the game had to turn on ESPN to catch it.


Gonna presume you only mean NYC and ONLY NYC, because I saw it fine up here in WNY.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 08:51 PM (#3886933)
He also made his major league debut back in 1995 in Cleveland


2005. You almost made me feel really old.
   8. catseyepub Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3886949)
Blacked out on Long Island.
   9. deb Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:27 PM (#3886967)
Catcher was Bobby Wilson. Hopefully this will open the door for him to get more playing time.
   10. Shredder Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:40 PM (#3886976)
2005. You almost made me feel really old.
I just want other people to feel as old as I do.
   11. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:48 PM (#3886990)
Good for Voo-Doo. His slider looked particularly nasty today and as someone who watched that debut in 2005 and thought - his stuff is flat and fast - I am always happy to see him bring his "A" stuff to a game. I only caught the last 2 innings on TV, but he was mixing that slider with a 95 MPH fastball that was jumping at the plate over the last ten feet or so. It was crazy how much movement he had on his pitches today.

Also, he took a no hitter into the 6th in his last start, against the AAA Baltimore Orioles.
   12. bads85 Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:54 PM (#3886998)
The Indians made five errors in this game. Five. Plus a passed ball. The Angels only scored 3 runs, despite all those gifts. Santana was very lucky that the game was not tied 1-1 after nine innings.
   13. VoodooR Posted: July 27, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3887004)
How many guys have thrown no-hitters and lost? I seem to remember Andy Hawkins pulling off that trick for the Yankees back in, what, 1990? Don't seem to recall it happening recently.
   14. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM (#3887019)
@Bads85 - This Angel team can barely hit water from a boat. No argument there...
   15. BWV 1129 Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM (#3887022)
deb lives! deb, how have you been?
   16. Shredder Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM (#3887023)
How many guys have thrown no-hitters and lost? I seem to remember Andy Hawkins pulling off that trick for the Yankees back in, what, 1990? Don't seem to recall it happening recently.
Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined for a no-hitter and lost 1-0 to the Dodgers in 2008.
   17. dlf Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM (#3887024)
I just want other people to feel as old as I do.


This year was a first: there is now a retired player inducted into the Hall of Fame who is younger than I am. **** you Robbie Alomar!
   18. AROM Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM (#3887030)
"This year was a first: there is now a retired player inducted into the Hall of Fame who is younger than I am. **** you Robbie Alomar!"

I'm younger than Robbie, but not by much. I wonder who'll be mine - off the top of my head I guess Pudge Rodriguez.
   19. BWV 1129 Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:26 PM (#3887031)
Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined for a no-hitter and lost 1-0 to the Dodgers in 2008.

Which of course is not an "official" no-hitter, even though it obviously is one.

I was at that game; it is one of two no-hitters I have seen in person. My team won neither, despite throwing one of them.
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#3887033)
How many guys have thrown no-hitters and lost? I seem to remember Andy Hawkins pulling off that trick for the Yankees back in, what, 1990? Don't seem to recall it happening recently.


Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter against the Reds in 1964, and lost 1-0 when the Reds scored a ninth inning run on two errors.
   21. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM (#3887037)
How many guys have thrown no-hitters and lost? I seem to remember Andy Hawkins pulling off that trick for the Yankees back in, what, 1990? Don't seem to recall it happening recently.


It's harder to lose a no-hitter now since that silly rule change. It's either got to be at home or go extras.
   22. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM (#3887038)
How many guys have thrown no-hitters and lost? I seem to remember Andy Hawkins pulling off that trick for the Yankees back in, what, 1990? Don't seem to recall it happening recently.


Ken Johnson of the Colt .45s is the only guy to throw a nine-inning no-hitter in a loss, in a 1964 game where the only run was scored in the 9th by, of all people, Pete Rose.

Then there was this game where Steve Barber throws 8.2 innings with no hits, 2 runs, 10 walks, 2 HBPs, 2 wild pitches, and two errors, one by himself and one by, of all people, Mark Belanger. Then another guy gets the final out. This isn't listed on either of BB-Ref's lists of no-hitters for some reason.

Andy Hawkins's 1990 one was an eight-inning loss, as was Matt Young's in 1992. Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined for a similar accomplishment in 2008, which I don't remember at all. Those seem to be the only 8-inning no-hitter losses in the modern era, surprisingly.
   23. deb Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM (#3887042)
Blackhawk, I have been busy and life has been complicated.
   24. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM (#3887043)
This isn't listed on either of BB-Ref's lists of no-hitters for some reason.


It is on the combined list.
   25. AROM Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM (#3887077)
The first HOFer younger than me will be Pedro Martinez. Unless Pudge retires and Pedro tries a comeback.
   26. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM (#3887084)
It'll almost certainly be CC Sabathia for me, unless Teixeira manages to back in -- he's two days younger than me. Oddly, there's a distinct lack of guys between Tex and maybe Miguel Cabrera who even have a shot. Cabrera was born the same day as my next younger brother.
   27. bads85 Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM (#3887085)
This Angel team can barely hit water from a boat. No argument there...


Well, the Indians aren't exactly Murderers' Row. Matt LaPorta had the worst plate appearance in the history of organized baseball last night.
   28. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:18 PM (#3887086)
Also the first game that Trout and Bourjos started together. Trout + Bourjos = no room for a hit to fall in!
Hardly any balls were hit out there. 10 Ks and 13 groundouts — only four baseballs were hit into the outfield, none of them very challenging. Santana made it look easy today.
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM (#3887091)
I'm younger than Robbie, but not by much. I wonder who'll be mine - off the top of my head I guess Pudge Rodriguez.

You made me look, seems like that is likely for me, Griffey is a year older than me, so it won't be him.

edit: or Pedro as you pointed out.
   30. Matt Welch Posted: July 27, 2011 at 11:56 PM (#3887134)
Not to take away from Santana's mastery (and he was really great), but that Indians team looked a bit hung over today -- not just the no hits, but the FIVE errors.
   31. mex4173 Posted: July 28, 2011 at 12:27 AM (#3887168)
Mine's tough to figure out. I'll pick out of a hat and say Jason Heyward.
   32. AROM Posted: July 28, 2011 at 12:32 AM (#3887173)
I saw the condensed game. Of the 4 flyouts, the last out went to Bourjos and I think the other 3 to Torii. Condensed games don't show every play but it looks like Trout had a pretty boring job today.
   33. dlf Posted: July 28, 2011 at 12:45 AM (#3887189)
You made me look, seems like that is likely for me, Griffey is a year older than me, so it won't be him.


Griffey was the first player younger than me to reach the Show. Now, there are scant few left older than me: Wakefield, Vizquel, and Moyer if he comes back. Mike Trout is much closer in age to my kids than to me.
   34. Srul Itza Posted: July 28, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3887197)
the Angels their first complete-game no-hitter since Mike Witt’s perfect game at Texas in 1984.


A far cry from the days when they got 4 no-hitters in 3 years -- by the same pitcher.
   35. AROM Posted: July 28, 2011 at 01:04 AM (#3887217)
"Griffey was the first player younger than me to reach the Show. Now, there are scant few left older than me: Wakefield, Vizquel, and Moyer if he comes back. Mike Trout is much closer in age to my kids than to me."

Me too. And my oldest daughter is only 3.
   36. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: July 28, 2011 at 01:57 AM (#3887291)
Dumb headline from CBS:



Angels' Santana fires no-no for first win vs. Indians

I generally hate the term "No-no." I've grown accustom, and almost accept it's meaning over the years. No hits, no runs. But now, does No-No now simply mean one No? I can't accept that.
   37. Bob Evans Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:49 AM (#3887331)
I've always understood a "no-no" to be a no-hitter, with runs not part of the definition.
   38. Walt Davis Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:44 AM (#3887383)
Alomar is almost a year younger then Vizquel (much less Moyer) so no point freaking out yet, at least wait until every active player is younger than you are.

Must be fairly rare for somebody younger than the oldest active to be inducted. Koufax surely and Clemente probably (but he cheated! :-) but I'd think it's a short list.

Hmmm ... looks like Alomar will be the guy for lots of people. He's more than 6 years younger than me and he's the first for me too. Next youngest seems to be Ripken on Aug 24, 1960, 7.5 years younger than Alomar. The first younger batter to be inducted is likely to be Piazza, Thomas or Bagwell. The first batter born 1970 or later to be inducted is likely to be Thome or Pudge (outside shot of Edmonds). Among pitchers, possibly Mussina but most likely Pedro will be the first to be younger than Alomar and Pedro certainly the first post-1970.

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