Matt Garza throws a No-No for the Rays

This year in baseball has to be the year of the pitcher. This is the 5th no hitter this year, along with two perfect games, and 84 total complete games.

But here is something even more special especially for the Rays of Tampa Bay. The Rays have been no-hit 3 times by Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox, Dallas Braden and the Oakland A’s, and Edwin Jackson and the Arizona Diamondbacks. But tonight, they got a taste of their own magic.

Pitcher Matt Garza took the mound for the Rays against the Detroit Tigers and made some history. He threw a complete game no hitter with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. He only needed 120 pitches. Not to mention, it was also the franchises first ever. That is an accomplishment in its own right for how young the team has been created.

“We needed one. I don’t care who it came from. We just needed one for our own confidence,” Garza said, mindful that the Rays have been held hitless four times in their 13-season history — three times in the past year. “The guys are just as excited as I am. It’s fun.”

Garza (11-5) was the latest to shine in the Year of the Pitcher. The last time there were at least five no-hitters in a season was 1991, when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan threw one of seven in the big leagues that year, according to STATS LLC.

“It was one of those days where everything lined up,” Garza said. “The defense made great plays. I really can’t say enough about them.”

It’s only the third time in major league history that a team has been involved in three no-hitters during one season. The 1917 St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox were involved in three — all against each other.

It’s also the first time in 37 years that two no-hitters have occurred in the same AL ballpark in one season. After going 1,006 games without one at Tropicana Field, two have been tossed in the last 11 games at the hitter-friendly dome.

The closest Detroit’s injury-depleted lineup came to a hit was Worth’s two-out liner, but Zobrist made a leaping grab above his head as he ran toward the wall.

 “I was able to time it just right for my jump. Caught it right in the end of my glove,” Zobrist said, smiling. “He pitched so great. It’s his day. I felt honored to be part of a game like that.” 


…What  a year it has been folks hasn’t it? Wow, this is remarkable! Garza was so close to perfection but that one walk cost him. But it is still an epic achievement and he did it in style with his 6 strikeouts due to his fastball hitting the spots. What is amazing about this is in Garza’s previous start, he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Orioles. The Tigers lineup he faced was without Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge because of injuries. That’s crazy. 7 runs, to a no-hitter. I guess he made his adjustments…

…And when there is a no-hitter there has to be a famous play that takes place. Like, Dwayne Wise in the Buehrle game, Fowler for the Jimenez game, and a huge error by Uribe in the Sanchez game last year. In this game it was the Zobrist catch and the play was phenomenal. The athleticism Ben Zobrist made to get to the ball and make that play is beyond incredible…

…Another no hitter in the books this year and I wonder which pitcher will get one in the next coming months…

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