Astros star Justin Verlander notches 3rd career no-hitter by blanking Blue Jays
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander made MLB history on Sunday afternoon in Toronto, throwing a no-hitter against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre:
Justin Verlander has tossed a no-hitter in Toronto! pic.twitter.com/z5pOxfD3T7
— MLB (@MLB) September 1, 2019
The no-no is the third of Verlander’s illustrious career, as he had previously thrown no-hitters against the Milwaukee Brewers (2007) and Blue Jays (2011). In fact, Verlander became the first pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team on the road on multiple occasions, as his 2011 no-hitter against Toronto came at the Rogers Centre as well.
The former American League Cy Young Award winner struggled to find his rhythm early, throwing 66 pitches through the first four innings of the game. However, Verlander got in a groove in a hurry, needing just 44 pitches to get through the next four innings.
In the ninth, Verlander induced a ground ball off the bat of Brandon Drury before striking out Reese McGuire for the first two outs of the inning.
Blue Jays rookie sensation Bo Bichette put up the toughest fight in the inning, fouling off multiple pitches before grounding out to third base for the final out of the game, capping a memorable afternoon for Verlander:
So he’s just the second in the last half century! https://t.co/XaaRsJQVu7
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 1, 2019
The game was actually tied 0-0 heading into the top of the ninth inning, but Alex Bregman led off the Astros’ half inning with a double. After Yordan Alvarez struck out and Aledmys Diaz hit a sacrifice fly to center, Abraham Toro — who had 30 plate appearances in 2019 coming into Sunday — clubbed a two-run homer to left field to give Houston the lead.
Justin Verlander’s final line: 9.0 IP, 14 SO, 1 BB and 120 pitches. A truly dominant performance from one of the best pitchers in the history of the game.