5/7/11 Det vs. TOR No-Hitter
9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 90 Game Score
Verlander has two no-hitters in his excellent career. His first came in 2007 (more on that later) and his second one came in his Cy Young and MVP winning 2011 campaign. Verlander set the tone early that season, throwing the no-hitter in just his eighth game of the season.
The game was uninteresting otherwise, as the Tigers scored three in the third and three more in the fourth on a pair of home runs from Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila. The game was already out of reach, but the question remained: Will JV get a perfect game? Verlander retired the first 22 batters in a row, and excitement was building.
With one out in the eighth inning however, the perfect game hopes were dashed when Verlander walked catcher J.P. Arencibia. An inning ending double-play followed, and Verlander went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning. While it doesn’t go down as a perfect game, Verlander did face the absolute minimum of 27 batters in a single game – a rare feat in itself.
Verlander went on to post a 2.08 ERA for the rest of the season, holding hitters to a .187 batting average. This game remains the closest Verlander has ever come to a perfect game, and is a solid addition to our list.