Matt Garza No-Hits the Tigers

Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Monday, July 26, 2010

GAME 98
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TIGERS (51-47) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
RAYS (60-38) 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 5 3 0

WIN: Matt Garza (11-5)   LOSS: Max Scherzer (7-8)
WEATHER
: Indoors 72   TIME: 2:36    ATTENDANCE: 17,009

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Both
games in yesterday’s doubleheader began as classic pitchers duels.
Tonight’s game was no different. However, this one featured the
excitement of a no-hitter — for each pitcher — through the first six
innings.

The
no-hit bid by Max Scherzer lasted until former Tiger Matt Joyce shook
things up with a grand-slam home run in the sixth inning of tonight’s
game.

Brad Thomas relieved Scherzer in the inning.

However,
Matt Garza went on to pitch into the Tampa Bay Rays history books by
pitching the franchise’s first no-hitter, and earning the win, 5-0. The
last time the Detroit Tigers were no-hit was twenty years ago on June 2,
1990 (BOXSCORE).
At that time Mariner’s pitcher Randy Johnson threw the gem. That one
happened indoors, too, under a dome, at Seattle’s Kingdome.

But I
am a fan of the no-no, and I will drop everything to watch one. Although
I’m not thrilled that one took place against my team, I applaud Garza
for the accomplishment.

The
other featured moment during the game was the ejection of Jim Leyland, 
in the third inning, after bolting from the dugout to argue a stolen
base call at second.

I
can’t blame Leyland for arguing. You don’t have to look back very far to
see that the Tigers have had a number of calls go against them. Plus,
you know he is frustrated by that and, of course, the injuries that the
Tigers have sustained.

Armando Galarraga lost a perfect game bid due to a
blown-call at first base. Johnny Damon was called out on strikes in
another game with the Braves when the pitch was far off the plate, and
the bad calls continued tonight.

The way things have been going for Detroit this almost seemed inevitable, I guess. The blown-calls this season have been like salt in an unseen wound. The real injury came from the arm of Matt Garza.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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