The ESPN Stats and Info people work fast. About an hour after Michael Brantley hit the lazy fly ball to end Ervin Santana's no-hitter Wednesday in Cleveland, they sent out this package of nuggets about that historic day at Progressive Field:
1. Santana tosses his first career no-hitter, becoming the third pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter, joining Justin Verlander and Francisco Liriano.
2. This is the Angels' first no-hitter since April 11, 1990, a combined effort against the Mariners. Since 1961, the first year of the Angels' existence, no American League team has more no-hitters (nine). Only two teams in Major League Baseball have posted more no-hitters over that span -- the Dodgers and Astros.
3. It’s the first no-hitter thrown against the Indians since Jim Abbott on Sept. 4, 1993, for the Yankees.
4. This is the second time in four seasons the Angels have allowed a run without allowing a hit. On June 28, 2008, at the Dodgers, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to allow no hits, but it wasn't an official no-hitter since the home team didn't bat. Weaver did allow an unearned run.
5. There have been nine no-hitters since the start of last season (including postseason). There were eight no-hitters thrown from 2005 to 2009.
Complete list of no-hitters: http://sports.espn.com/mlb/stats/nohitters
* Most Strikeouts In No-Hitter By Angels Pitcher vs. OPP
July 15, 1973: Nolan Ryan, 17 vs. Tigers
Sept. 28, 1974: Nolan Ryan, 15 vs. Twins
May 15, 1973: Nolan Ryan, 12 vs. Royals
July 27, 2011: Ervin Santana, 10 vs. Indians
Sept. 30, 1984: Mike Witt, 10 vs. Rangers
* Santana is the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Indians in Cleveland
No-Hitters Thrown vs. Indians
On Road, All-Time
July 27, 2011: Ervin Santana LAA
Sept 2, 1990: Dave Stieb TOR
Aug 25, 1967: Dean Chance MIN
July 12, 1951: Allie Reynolds NYY
* Since 1961, the Angels' first season, no AL team has had more no-hitters AND only the Astros and Dodgers have thrown more no-no's than the Halos.
Most No-Hitters By Team
Since 1961 Season
Astros: 10. Last: 2003, 6 pitchers comb.
Dodgers: 10. Last: 1996, Hideo Nomo
Angels: 8. Last: 1990, 2 pitchers comb.
Red Sox: 7. Last: 2008, Jon Lester
No-Hitters But No Shutout, Divisional Era (1969)
2011: Ervin Santana, LAA at CLE, 3-1
1993: Darryl Kile, HOU vs. NYM, 7-1
1986: Joe Cowley, CHW vs. LAA, 7-1
1976: Odom, Barrios, CHW < at OAK, 2-1
> John Odom (5 IP), Francisco Barrios (4 IP)
No-Hitter On Road, Non-Shutout All-Time
July 27, 2011: Ervin Santana LAA vs. Indians
1986: Joe Cowley CHW vs. Angels
1976: Combined CHW vs. Athletics
1968: George Culver CIN vs. Phillies
1967: Dean Chance MIN vs. Indians
1917: George Mogridge NYY vs. Red Sox
1912: Earl Hamilton BAL vs. Tigers
* Santana is from the Dominican Republic. This is the sixth no-hitter by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic. That's the most no-hitters by a country other than the United States.
Countries With Multiple No-Hitters Other Than United States
Dominican Republic: 5 (Juan Marichal, Ramon Martinez, Jose Jimenez, Ubaldo Jimenez, Francisco Liriano, Ervin Santana)
Venezuela: 3 (Wilson Alvarez, Anibal Sanchez, Carlos Zambrano)
Ireland: 2 (Tony Mullane, One Arm Daily)
Japan: 2 (Hideo Nomo with 2)
Puerto Rico: 2 (Juan Nieves, Jonathan Sanchez)
Most No-Hitters Over Two-Season Span
>> Includes Roy Halladay's postseason no-hitter
* Ervin Santana carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his last start (7/22 at Baltimore) before allowing a double to Blake Davis with one out in the sixth inning (5.1 innings). Santana and Justin Verlander are the only players to carry no-hit bids into the sixth inning of consecutive starts this season and both threw a no-hitter in one of the two starts. Verlander's no-hitter was first of two-consecutive starts on May 7th and May 13th.
* The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a non-shutout was Darryl Kile of the Houston Astros on Sept. 8, 1993, against the New York Mets.
* The last AL pitcher to throw a no-hitter without recording a shutout was Joe Cowley of the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 19, 1986 against the Angels. The final score was 7-1.
* The only other no-hitter thrown on this date was by John Clarkson of the Cubs in 1885, a 6-0 win over the Providence Grays.
* It is the first no-hitter thrown at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
* Umpire Ted Barrett was the umpire for one other no-hitter: David Cone's perfect game against the Expos on July 18, 1999.
* Ervin Santana generated 14 swings-and-misses on Wednesday. That is his most in any start since Sept. 27, 2010, against the Athletics, where he also posted 14. The last time he exceeded 14 was May 25, 2010 against the Blue Jays (21).
* Santana threw 66 of his 105 pitches in the strike zone. That is his second-highest total of the season and the second-highest total since the start of the 2009 season. The 62.9 percent mark is his highest since the start of 2009.
* In completing the no-hitter, Santana relied on the ground ball far more often than he normally does. Santana generated 72.2% ground balls in this start. That is easily the highest since the start of the 2009 season; he’s only eclipsed the 60-percent mark two other times this season.
* Ervin Santana’s fastball velocity has been slowly ticking up over the last few starts, with Wednesday’s 93.3 average fastball velocity his highest since June 21 and his maximum velocity of 96.4 his highest since June 15. Members of the Indians were 0-19 against Ervin Santana's fastball Wednesday with five strikeouts. Entering the game, the Indians were batting .290 against fastballs during the month of July, 4th in the AL and 10th overall in that span
Ervin Santana Fastball (Last three starts)
July 27 -- Avg. Velocity: 93.3; Max Velocity: 96.4
July 22 -- Avg. Velocity: 93.2; Max Velocity: 96.0
July 16 -- Avg. Velocity: 91.8; Max Velocity: 94.9
* Santana had a Game Score of 94 in his no-hitter on Wednesday. That's tied for the highest Game Score this season. Both Game Scores of 94 have come against the Indians. Note that the game Verlander had a Game Score of 94 was NOT his no-hitter.
Highest Game Score This Season
Ervin Santana: 94<< July 27 at Indians
Justin Verlander: 94, June 14 vs. Indians
Clayton Kershaw: 93, June 20 vs. Tigers
James Shields: 93, May 22 at Marlins
OTHER NO-HITTER NOTES
Combined No-Hitters – MLB History
2003: Roy Oswalt (1 inn), Peter Munro (2 2/3 inn), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 inn), Brad Lidge (2 inn), Octavio Dotel (1 inn), Billy Wagner (1 inn), HOU (June 11 at NYY)
1997: Francisco Cordova (9 inn) and Ricardo Rincon (1 inn), PIT (July 12 vs HOU)
1991: Kent Mercker (6 inn), Mark Wohlers (2 inn) and Alejandro Pena (1 inn), ATL (Sept 11 vs SD)
1991: Bob Milacki (6 inn), Mike Flanagan (1 inn), Mark Williamson (1 inn) and Gregg Olson (1 inn), BAL (July 13 at OAK)
1990: Mark Langston (7 inn) and Mike Witt (2 inn), CAL (Apr. 11 vs SEA)
1976: Blue Moon Odom (5 inn) and Franciso Barrios (4 inn), CHW (July 28 at OAK)
1975: Vida Blue (5 inn), Paul Lindblad (1 inn), and Rollie Fingers (2 inn), OAK (Sept. 28 vs CAL)
1967: Steve Barber (8 2/3 inn) and Stu Miller (1/3 inn), BAL (Apr. 30 vs Detroit - lost 2-1)
1917: Babe Ruth (0 inn) and Ernie Shore (9 inn), BOS (June 23 vs WSH)
Each Team's Last No-Hitter (* perfect game)
ARI: Edwin Jackson at TB, 6/25/10
ATL: Kent Mercker at LAD, 4/8/94
CHC: Carlos Zambrano at HOU (in Milwaukee), 9/14/08
CIN: Tom Browning vs LAD, 9/16/88*
COL: Ubaldo Jimenez at ATL, 4/17/10
DET: Justin Verlander vs MIL, 6/12/07
FLA: Anibal Sanchez vs ARI, 9/6/06
HOU: 6 pitchers no-hitter on 6/11/03 at NYY
Darryl Kile vs NYM, 9/8/93
LAD: Hideo Nomo at COL, 9/17/96
MIL: Juan Nieves at BAL, 4/15/87
PHI: Roy Halladay vs CIN, 10/6/2010 (postseason)
PIT: Francisco Cordova (9 inn)/Ricardo Rincon (1 inn) vs HOU, 7/12/97
John Candelaria vs LAD, 8/9/76
STL: Bud Smith at SD, 9/3/01
SF: Jonathan Sanchez vs Padres, 7/10/09
WSH/MTL: Dennis Martinez at LAD, 7/28/91*
BAL: 4 pitchers (Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, Gregg Olson) at OAK, 7/13/91; Jim Palmer at OAK, 8/13/69)
BOS: Jon Lester vs KC, 5/19/08
CHW: Mark Buehrle vs TB, 5/23/09*
CLE: Len Barker vs TOR, 5/15/81*
DET: Jack Morris at CHW, 4/7/84
KC: Bret Saberhagen vs CHW, 8/26/91
LAA: Ervin Santana at CLE, 7/27/2011
MIN: Francisco Liriano at CHW, 5/3/2011
NYY: David Cone vs MTL, 7/18/99*
OAK: Dallas Braden vs TB, 5/9/10
SEA: Chris Bosio vs BOS, 4/22/93
TB: Matt Garza vs DET, 7/26/10
TEX: Kenny Rogers vs CAL, 7/28/94*
TOR: Dave Stieb at CLE, 9/2/90
Last Time Each Team was No-Hit
ARI: Anibal Sanchez, FLA (at Florida), 9/6/06
ATL: Ubaldo Jimenez, COL (at Atlanta), 4/17/10
CHC: Sandy Koufax, LAD (at LAD), 9/9/65*
CIN: Roy Hallday, PHI (at PHI), 10/6/2010 (postseason)
COL: Hideo Nomo, LAD (at COL), 9/17/96
FLA: Roy Halladay, PHI (at FLA), 5/29/10*
HOU: Carlos Zambrano, CHC (vs HOU, in Milwaukee), 9/14/08
LAD: Kent Mercker, ATL (at LAD), 4/8/94
MIL: Justin Verlander, DET (at DET), 6/12/07)
NYM: Darryl Kile, HOU (at HOU), 9/8/93
PHI: Bob Forsch, STL (at STL), 4/16/78
PIT: Bob Gibson, STL (at PIT), 8/14/71
STL: Fernando Valenzuela, LAD (at LAD), 6/29/90
SD: Jonathan Sanchez, SF (at SF), 7/10/09
SF: Kevin Millwood, PHI (at PHI), 4/27/03
WSH/MTL: David Cone, NYY (at MTL), 7/18/99*
BAL: Clay Buchholz, BOS (at BAL), 9/1/07
BOS: Chris Bosio, SEA (at SEA), 4/22/93
CHW: Francisco Liriano, MIN (at CHW) 5/3/2011
CLE: Ervin Santana, LAA (at CLE), 7/27/2011
DET: Matt Garza, TB (at TB), 7/26/10
KC: Jon Lester, BOS (at BOS), 5/19/08
LAA: Eric Milton, MIN (at MIN), 9/11/99
MIN: David Wells, NYY (at NYY), 5/17/98*
NYY: 6 pitchers no-hitter (HOU) on 6/11/03 (at NYY)
OAK: 4 pitchers (Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, Gregg Olson- BAL) at OAK, 7/13/91
Nolan Ryan, TEX (at OAK), 6/11/90
SEA: Dwight Gooden, NYY (at NYY), 5/14/96
TB: Edwin Jackson, ARI (at TB), 6/25/10
TEX: Mark Buehrle (at CHW), 4/18/07
TOR: Nolan Ryan, TEX (at TEX), 5/1/91
Other No-Hitter Nuggets
Teams to never throw no-hitter: Mets, Padres
Youngest to throw no-hitter: Amos Rusie, New York Giants, 7/31/1891 (20 years, 62 days)
Oldest to throw no-hitter: Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers (44 years)
Most Starts: Warren Spahn (505) – First no-hitter: 9/16/60 vs Phillies
Fewest Starts: Bobo Holloman (1), St. Louis Browns vs Phillies (5/6/1953) and Bumpus Jones (1), Reds vs Pirates (10/15/1892)
Did You Know:
Miguel Olivo and Jeff Kellogg, the catcher and home plate ump for Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter (2010), were also BOTH behind the plate for Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter in 2006
Ubaldo Jimenez, who threw a no-hitter vs the Braves on April 17, 2010, also gave up Barry Bonds' last career HR, number 682. Bonds hit the HR on Sept. 5, 2007.
Jason Varitek set an all-time major league record when he caught his fourth no-hitter by Jon Lester (Nomo, Lowe, Buchholz). 12 catchers have caught three no-hitters: Charles Johnson, Alan Ashby, Jeff Torborg, Bill Carrigan, Del Crandall, Ed McFarland, Jim Hegan, Luke Sewell, Ray Schalk, Roy Campanella, Val Picinich, and Yogi Berra.
Jason Varitek hit a HR and caught a no-hitter on May 19, 2008. The last player to catch a no-hitter and hit a HR before Varitek was Charles Johnson on Kevin Brown's no-hitter on June 10, 1997 at SF.
The most walks in a complete game no-hitter is 10 by Jim Maloney (in 10 IP). Maloney fanned 12 in the Reds 1-0, 10 inning win vs. the Cubs on August, 19, 1965. A.J. Burnett's 9 walks are the most ever in a nine-inning complete game no hitter in modern major-league history
Joe Girardi (on Sept. 6, 2006) became the 1st manager Jeff Torborg (1991) to manage a no-hitter after catching one.
The longest drought between no-hitters was 841 days from May 18, 2004 (Randy Johnson) to Sept. 6, 2006 (Anibal Sanchez)
The Phillies went 8,944 games without having a no-hitter from Johnny Lush's no-no in 1906 to Jim Bunning's perfect game in 1964. The Padres won't be in line to surpass that streak for another 20 years!
The only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on opening day is Bob Feller in 1940 vs the White Sox. It was 1 of 3 career no-hitters for Feller.
Hideo Nomo's 2nd no-hitter on April 4, 2001 was the earliest thrown by date in Major League history.
The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the first season at a new ballpark was Kenny Rogers of the Rangers (July 28, 1994, vs. the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington, perfect game)
In the last 30 years, the only pitchers to hurl a no-hitter the year after switching leagues is Al Leiter in 1996 for the Marlins and Roy Halladay for the 2010 Phillies. Dwight Gooden threw one the same year in his first season as a Yankee but didn't pitch the previous season. The only other pitcher to turn the feat in the divisional era since 1969 was Jim Bibby for the 1973 Rangers after starting the year for the Cardinals.
The only pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his 1st major-league start was Bobo Holloman for the 1953 St. Louis Browns. Holloman pitched only one season in the majors as he was demoted later that same season.
The last team to be no-hit during the regular season and go on to win the World Series was the 1988 Dodgers.
Most No-Hitters By Team
Since 1961 Season
Astros 10 2003 6 pitchers comb.
Dodgers 10 1996 Hideo Nomo
Angels 9 2011 Ervin Santana
Red Sox 7 2008 Jon Lester
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