In a season in which we have already seen Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber throw a perfect game, we can now add a no-hitter as Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins tonight in a 9-0 win.
Weaver, whose parents and wife were in attendance, struck out nine and walked only one. He needed 121 pitches (71 strikes), his most thrown this season. The perfect game was ruined by just a Josh Willingham walk.
“I was locked in for the most part,” he said. “My mom, dad, wife, this was awesome.”
After the game, fans chanted “Weaver! Weaver!”
“I’m at a loss for words right now. It hasn’t kicked in yet,” Weaver said. “Thank you for all your support. Couldn’t have done it without the defense. The guys were picking me up left and right.”
“Fastball command was good. Able to fill up the zone get some early strikes. It was an easy ride,” Weaver said.
Everyone knows how good this kid is. Last season, he went 18-8 with a 2.41 era with 198 k’s vs just 56 walks.
Weaver, gives the Angels’ franchise their 10th no-hitter in team history and the 274th in Major League History (seems like a lot). 10 no-hitters in one franchise is pretty darn impressive, wouldn’t you agree?
The Twins looked utterly pathetic. That is of course a mixture of Weaver’s dominance and the Twin’s absolute mockery of a ball club.
Weaver rarely even seemed challenged by the Twins pathetic lineup as only a foul ball from Trevor Plouffe in the eighth inning got me concerned. It looked like it had a chance of being the first hit before hooking foul in the left field corner. Just a few batters later and his mission was accomplished, though, as a deep fly ball from Alexi Casilla was caught by Torii Hunter to end the game.
In 2008, Jered Weaver was a part of another no hitter, as he and reliever Jose Arrendondo no-hit to the Los Angeles Dodgers over eight innings and somehow lost the game. It isn’t a no-hitter in MLB record books though, as they lost and they threw only eight innings.
Congratulations to Jered Weaver on his wonderful accomplishment.