LAst Night's Action: Bad Night for Angels
Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 6-3. Well the Angels debut of Dan Haren (L, 0-1) didn’t go as planned. First of all having been upstaged by Matt Garza’s no-hitter that concluded just minutes before first pitch, he would eventually leave after being struck in the arm by Kevin Youkilis’ line drive back up the middle with two outs in the fifth inning. David Ortiz hit two homers which the Angels couldn’t overcome despite scoring twice in the eighth inning to get to within a run. But J.D. Drew hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the exclamation point on it. Haren despite not completing five innings struck out eight hitters while walking none. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (W, 11-5) wound up with the win going seven innings striking out seven while walking one.
FINALLY FOR TAMPA BAY. After having a perfect game thrown against them by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox last season, a perfecto by Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden and a no-hitter by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Edwin Jackson this season, the Rays finally have their no-hitter. Against the Detroit Tigers, Matt Garza made 120 pitches in the Rays first franchise no-hitter and the 5-0 victory. Tigers’ starter Max Scherzer also had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but he gave up his first hit to Matt Joyce - a grand slam homer thanks to two walks and a catcher’s interference error on Gerald Laird - to end that. Coming into the game with six starts against the Tigers in his career, Garza was 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA. Perhaps I should move to Tampa and cover the Rays so I can hope for a glimpse of a no-hitter.