Angels' Jered Weaver no-hits Twins
Updated On: May 03 2012 09:32:20 AM EDT
Jered Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in less than two weeks and the second by the Los Angeles Angels in less than a year, defeating the Minnesota Twins 9-0 Wednesday night.
Weaver needed 121 pitches for his gem, in which he struck out nine and walked one. Teammate Ervin Santana also threw a no-hitter last July, and Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game on April 21.
Weaver's interview immediately after the game was broadcast within the stadium. "I'm at a loss for words right now," he said. "Guys were picking me up left and right. I can't believe this."
The final batter of the game, Alexi Casilla, nearly broke up the no-hitter, but his long flyball to right was caught by Torii Hunter at the warning track.
The Angels gave Weaver all the runs he would need early, with one run in the first inning, two in the second and three apiece in the third and fourth. Kendrys Morales hit a solo home run in the third, and Howie Kendrick accounted for the fourth-inning runs with a three-run homer.
It was the 10th no-hitter in Angels history and also the 10th time the Twins have been no-hit.
Only two Minnesota batters reached base against Weaver. Chris Parmelee struck out with two outs in the second inning, but he reached safely thanks to a passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta on the third strike. Weaver walked Josh Willingham with two outs in the seventh inning.
"I don't think you ever think you have a shot," Weaver told MLB Network, "you never imagine something like this. A lot of things have to go your way, and that happened tonight."
It was the first complete-game no-hitter by an Angels pitcher in Anaheim since Nolan Ryan beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on June 1, 1975. The Angels got a combined no-hitter from Mark Langston (seven innings) and Mike Witt (two innings) in a 1-0 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners on April 11, 1990.
The victory Wednesday gave the Angels a series sweep of the Twins and their first three-game winning streak of what had been a disappointing season before Weaver's feat.
There was one humorous moment for Weaver late in the game, and it came as, uh, a relief. He ran out of the dugout after the top of the eighth inning to go to the bathroom.
"I had to pee so bad," he said. "... Superstition had to go out the window."