This afternoon, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. The Angels won the game 3-1.
So how did the Tribe get a run without the benefit of a hit?
Well, Santana’s no-hit bid began inauspciously. Indians’ leadoff hitter Ezquiel Carrera reached base on an error by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. Carrera then stole second, reached third on a groundout by Asdrubal Cabrera and then scored on a wild pitch uncorked by Santana. The Indians had a 1-0 lead going into the top of the fifth.
Santana’s no-no is the third no-hitter of the 2011 season. Interestingly all three no-hitters have been tossed by AL pitchers. Minnesota Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander threw no-hitters against the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.
Curiously, all three no-hitters have been thrown on the road. Historically, nearly two-thirds of all no-hitters are pitched in front of the home crowd.