Tampa Bay Rays involved in two other no-hitters, but this time they are not the team that went hitless. If fans recall, it was on May 9, 2010 that the Rays fell victim to a perfect game thrown by Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden. The Rays was also held without a hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Edwin Jackson on June 26, 2010. Monday night, the Rays’ pitcher Matt Garza throws the franchise first no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. Garza’s no-hitter was the fifth no hitter thrown in the Major Leagues this season. He only surrendered one walk and that came in the second inning with the walk of Brennan Boesch.
It was a pitchers’ night as both Matt Garza and Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer had no hitting pitching duel going until the sixth inning. In the sixth inning, it all fell apart for Scherzer as he loaded the bases then surrendered his first hit to Matt Joyce. Unfortunately for Scherzer, his 3-2 pitch caught the sweet part of Joyce’ bat and his no hitter was gone bases cleared, grand slam Joyce a 4-0 lead for the Rays. The single hit by Jason Barlett along with a homerun blast from Left fielder Carl Crawford in the eighth inning were the only three hits for the Rays on Monday night. The final score was 5-0.
The three hits by the Rays were more than enough because Garza pitched a gem of a game. For the game, Garza s had 6 strikeouts. He threw 120 pitches for the entire game. He also had great help from the gloves of the Rays. A no hitter was good way to mark his 106th start in a career. The no-hitter also marks the first time 5 no hitters have been thrown in a season since 1991. It has been a great year for pitching and for Garza on Monday night, he added to the masterpieces thrown this season. Garza masterful pitching feat will go down in Tampa Bay’s history as its very first no hitter.