On Tuesday night, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter versus the Milwaukee Brewers in a 4-0 win. Verlander, the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year struck out 12 batters last night, putting him at 7-2 for the season. ESPN broke into the game in the eighth inning to see if Verlander could do it. After Neifi Perez helped the cause by turning an inning ending double play in the eighth, Verlander was greeted in the ninth inning with a standing ovation from the home crowd of 33,555.
In the ninth, he struck out the first two Milwaukee batters, Craig Counsell and Tony Graffanino. J.J. Hardy then hit a high fly ball to right field which was caught by Magglio Ordonez to end the game, making the 24-year-old the first Tigers pitcher to pitch a no-hitter since Jack Morris in 1984. It was the first no hitter-in Detroit since Nolan Ryan did it for the Angels at Tiger Stadium in 1973. And, of course, it was the first at Comerica Park which opened in 2000. Milwaukee had not suffered a no-hit game since 1994 by Scott Erickson who pitched for Minnesota. It is also the third no-hitter since interleague play began and the second no-hitter of the season besides Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox triumph over the Texas Rangers in April.
After his 112th and final pitch was thrown, Verlander was greeted by his team, the first being catcher Ivan Rodriguez who jumped on his teammate before the ball was even caught. Among those congratulating him was pitcher Kenny Rogers who has a perfect game under his belt. Even Verlanderâ€™s girlfriend, Emily Yuen went down on the field to congratulate him. Afterwards, he was awarded with a shaving-cream pie to the face.
Verlander’s girlfriend, Emily Yuen, also was on the field to celebrate. Tigers fan or not, a no-hitter is an exciting thing to watch.
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