In a game that was scoreless through 8, Justin Verlander had thrown 66-pitches through the first 4 innings and ended up no-hitting the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time in his career at the Rogers Centre, and third overall.
The future Hall of Fame hurler walked Cavan Biggio on a 3-1 count in the second inning, which ended up being his only blemish. He struck out 8 different Toronto hitters a total of 14 times on 120 pitches.
This is Verlander’s third career no-hitter, and first since his 2011 MVP season with the Detroit Tigers. The most recent no-hitter also came in the Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays and Verlander has become the first pitcher in the history of baseball to toss 2 no-hit ballgames in the same opposing ballpark. He is the sixth pitcher overall to have 3 career no hitters and the first since Angels’ ace Nolan Ryan tossed his third on the final day of the 1974 season. The other four pitchers:
This is the second no hitter the Astros as a team have thrown this year; when they combined one between 4 pitchers on August 3rd against Seattle.
You can watch all 27 outs of Verlander’s second no-hitter below.
As for the Blue Jays, they used 4 total pitchers and matched Justin Verlander through 8 innings. Wilmer Font got slotted in as the opener and pitched 2 scoreless frames. Sam Gaviglio and Zack Godley both provided 3 innings of work in bulk. It wasn’t until the top of the ninth that Houston was able to break through.
Astros’ 3rd Baseman Alex Bregman led off the inning with a leadoff double. Aledmys Diaz advanced him to third on a sacrifice fly following a Yordan Alvarez K. Then the 22-year old rookie Abraham Toro had his second big league homerun in his home country off of former Astros’ closer Ken Giles with 2 outs in the 9th to secure a lead for JV. Toro also made the final out to complete the no-hit bid.
The 34-year-old Verlander continues to defy time, as he improves to 17-5 on the year and drops his season ERA to a league-leading 2.56. He also overtook teammate Gerrit Cole for the AL strikeout lead at 257. He is tied with Domingo German for the league lead in wins. Leading in all 3 triple crown categories, he is in the running for his second career pitching triple crown and second career Cy Young.
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