Ervin Santana (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)
For the first time in 27 years, one pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has thrown a no-hitter.
On Wednesday, Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Also for the first time since the late Daryl Kile threw a no-hitter for the Houston Astros on September 8, 1993, a pitcher threw a no-hitter by giving up a run.
The Indians’ lone run in the first inning was unearned. Centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera reached on first base after a fielding error by Angels’ shortstop Erick Aybar. Carrera then stole second, advanced to third base on a groundout, and got home on a Santana wild pitch.
Santana also had ten strikeouts and a walk.
The Indians were terrible offensively and defensively. They had five errors in the contest.
Santana’s no-hitter was the third in Major League Baseball this year. Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins no-hit the Chicago White Sox on May 3rd and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7th.
Santana is the sixth Angel to throw a no-hitter joining Bo Belinsky, Clyde Wright, Nolan Ryan, Mike Witt and Mark Langston.
Ryan threw four of his record seven no-hitters with the Angels. Even though Langston only contributed to a no-hitter in 1990, he is not officially credited with one. Ironically, it was Mike Witt who came in to throw the final two innings of Langston’s 1990 no-no and threw the last single pitcher no-hitter in Angels’ history in 1984.