Edwin Jackson, meet Francisco Liriano. The Minnesota lefty took a page out of his counterpart’s book last night, walking six and throwing 57 balls but still hanging on for a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the White Sox last night at U.S. Cellular Field. You may recall Jackson, while a member of the D-Backs last June, needed 149 pitches and walked eight in his no-no against the Rays.
Liriano didn’t have the best stuff he’s shown in his unpredictable career, but that’s not always necessary when facing Chicago. Still, holding any team hitless over nine innings is no easy task, especially for a guy coming in with an ERA of 9.13 in his first five starts. Liriano struck out just two, got the benefit of a horrific call on a whiffed tag (albeit on a double play, which wouldn’t have been a hit) to end the eighth and battled back from a 3-0 count to get Adam Dunn to line to short to end it. With that, the Twins became the happiest 10-18 baseball team in the world, even if just for a few hours.
So, that wraps another chapter in Liriano’s book, one you’re likely familiar with if you’re a baseball fan. He broke in as a 21-year-old late in 2005, went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA as a rookie the following season, missed all of 2007 due to Tommy John surgery and was up-and-down between Minnesota and the minors in 2008. After a terrible 5-13, 5.80 year in 2009 with the Twins, he recovered to go 14-10 and 3.62 as an AL All-Star last season. His reversion to his 2009 self may have been halted last night, if a no-hitter does as much for your confidence as I’d think it should. Then again, I can’t speak from experience, having never thrown one.
The Twins are hoping this turns around their nightmarish start as well, as they’re set to face the Red Sox at Fenway after this afternoon’s series finale in Chicago. Nick Blackburn (1-4, 5.14) duels John Danks (0-4, 3.92) in a matchup of pitchers that are dying for a little run support.
Other scores from Tuesday: Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2; Detroit 4, New York 2; Philadelphia 4, Washington 1; Boston 7, Los Angeles 3; Houston 10, Cincinnati 4; San Francisco 7, New York 6 (10); Kansas City 6, Baltimore 5 (10); St. Louis 7, Florida 5; Arizona 4, Colorado 3; Cleveland 4, Oakland 1; San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 5; Seattle 4, Texas 3; Chicago Cubs 4, LA Dodgers 3; Milwaukee-Atlanta PPD.
- The Plate: St. Louis rookie Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 with two runs, a single, and a game-winning three-run homer in the eighth, giving the Cardinals a 7-5 win over the Marlins.
- The Mound: Yeah, I’ll give this one to Liriano, even though it was against the White Sox.