The Detroit Tigers tossed the first combined no-hitter in franchise history
On a day when it seemed the Detroit Tigers would not play baseball at Comerica Park, the weather cooperated. After a delay, the game started at 2:20 p.m., but it was worth the wait.
Matt Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange combined for the Detroit Tigers' first-ever combined no-hitter, marking the ninth no-no in team history, as they secured a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite Toronto boasting the fourth-best offense in the American League and having defeated the Tigers 12-2 the previous night, the trio of Tigers pitchers silenced them.
For Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, who was booed after Manning pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, it made sense to make the move.
Manning was not even aware he had a no-hitter going until pitching coach Chris Fetter told him after he departed the game.
"He was laboring a ton. His stuff was getting worse. I almost took him out after the fifth. I almost took him out after the sixth. I sent him out for the seventh. As soon as the runner got on, the responsibility shifts to the game."
Cavan Biggio reached on a walk before Foley came in and got notorious Tigers' killer Whit Merrifeld to fly out to center.
Total team effort
Kerry Carpenter and Riley Greene also both played a huge role in the team's no-hitter. Carpenter showed off the glove early in the game and drove in Greene with a triple.
Riley Greene showed no rust in his first day back off the IL by going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. He showcased his full recovery by scoring from first base on a Spencer Torkelson double to center, affirming that his foot was in excellent condition.
In an unexpected turn of events, the Detroit Tigers, in front of a crowd of 30,000 fans who patiently endured a rain delay and a Riley Greene bobblehead giveaway, created an unforgettable moment just before the All-Star break. It became one of the most cherished memories that will be remembered by all.