Justin Verlander Is Back!
Justin Verlander took the hill in the ninth inning looking to add another no-hitter to his career on Wednesday night. It was the fourth time in his Major League career he was in this position, twice before succeeding in the ninth when he did it against Milwaukee in 2007 and Toronto in 2011, and failing back in 2012 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately for Justin Verlander, he is now two for four when taking a no-no into the ninth.
Angels catcher, and lead off hitter in the ninth, Chris Iannetta spoiled the party for everyone with a shot down the left field line that kicked up chalk upon impact with the grass, a no doubt fair ball. Iannetta's batting average went from .186 to .188 with the hit.
Verlander had thrown 100 pitches through eight and ended the day with a one hit shutout, throwing 112 pitches en route to his 21st complete game and 7th complete game shutout. Verlander fanned nine, including five in a row from the sixth into the seventh inning.
Verlander's record moves to 2-6 on the year, though his last four starts he's gone 29 innings, scattering 12 hits, giving up only one earned run to drop his ERA from 5.05 to 3.45 in 2015 and striking out 31 in that span.
Needless to say it looks JV is must-see again.