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Ervin Santana No-Hits Cleveland Indians

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Despite giving up a run, Ervin Santana managed to hold the Indians hitless in a 3-1 victory.

Ervin Santana No-Hits Cleveland Indians

The Angels's Ervin Santana became the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season when he subdued the Cleveland Indians this afternoon.  He also has joined a rare group of pitchers that have given up a run while not surrendering a hit.  According to BaseballReference.com, Santana became just the 13th pitcher to give up a run and complete the no-hitter.

Santana gave up his run in the first inning.  Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error and promptly stole second base.  He advanced to third on an Asdrubal Cabrera groundout, and scored on a Santana wild pitch.  Cleveland was able to manufacture a run, but Santana would only allow one more baserunner the rest of the game, a harmless walk in the 8th inning.  In addition to the one walk, Santana struck out 10 Indians in his stellar outing.

The Angels continue to win, and their pitching is a big reason why.  With the victory, the Angels move to just 2.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and are lurking six games behind the New York Yankees for the Wild Card.  If they keep pitching like this, the Angels can make serious moves come September. 

According to that same Baseball Reference page, the average number of no-hitters per season now sits at around three.  The league has just hit that mark, but with the way some pitchers are pitching this season, that number could easily sit at six or seven by the end of the year.  CC Sabathia was on his way last night before rain derailed his outing.  Justin Verlander has already thrown one this year and nearly had a second.  Guys like Santana's teammates, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren, are also pitching at incredibly high levels this season.

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This year has been dubbed by some as the "Year of the Pitcher II" in light of last year's great pitching.  A total of six no-hitters were tossed last year, including Roy Halladay's no-no in the Playoffs.  Santana's outing today is giving that name a lot more clout. 

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