Will this be a big year for no-hitters?
Less than two weeks after Phil Humber pitched a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox, Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter in the Los Angeles Angels 9-0 win over Minnesota last Wednesday night.
Weaver completed his gem by getting Alexi Casilla to fly out to right fielder Torii Hunter, who caught the ball on the warning track.
“Spiderman out there,” said Weaver of Hunter. “Casilla put a charge in it and Spiderman tracked it down.”
Weaver, a California native who played at Long Beach State, struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk, throwing 121 pitches. Only one Twins batter reached base through the first seven innings, on a passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta on strike three to Chris Parmelee. Josh Willingham drew the only walk in the seventh.
“I was locked in for the most part,” Weavers said. “I’m at a loss for words. Couldn’t have done it without the defense. The guys were picking me up left and right.”
It was the second no-hitter by an Angels’ pitcher in less than a year. Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter July 27 at Cleveland. And it was the 10th no-hitter for the Angels franchise. Nolan Ryan threw four of them.
Weaver had a chance to make it two straight no-no’s against the Twins on Monday night. But this time he allowed three hits over six innings with two strikeouts, two walks and one run allowed in the Angels 8-3 win.
“To have it happen once is pretty special,” Weaver said. “But to do it twice in a row, I don’t see it happening ever again.”
Weaver (5-0) was too tired the second time around.
“I just felt a little gassed out there towards the end of the game,” he said.
Old school: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels said he was just trying to bring back the tradition of throwing at batters when he beaned Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper on Sunday night.
But because Hamels talked about it, he received a five-game suspension along with a fine from Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing at Harper in the Phillies’ 9-3 win at Washington.
“I was trying to hit him,” Hamels said on Sunday night. “I’m not going to deny it. I’m not trying to injure the guy.”
Hamels threw a fastball that hit Harper in the first inning. Harper, 19, has enjoyed some early success since being called up to the majors.
“That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened,” Hamels said. “So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is. But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball.”
Harper paid Hamels back by stealing home. Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmerman hit Hamels with a pitch in the third inning and both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher.
Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post that Hamels hitting Harper was “classless.”
“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school,” Rizzo said. “He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
Diamond Notes: San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games on Monday for testing positive on a drug test for a second time. MLB said Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol, a stimulant that also has anabolic effects. Mota also was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2007 season. Manny Ramirez and Eliezer Alfonzo are the only other players to twice test positive. Mota was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games this season…Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who had surgery on his broken left wrist, will be out for up to 12 weeks. Werth is in the second year of a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals. Washington has been hurt by injuries to key offensive players this year, with Michael Morse, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche all missing time…Albert Pujols snapped his homerless streak at 110 at-bats on Sunday with a two-run shot in the Angels 4-3 win over Toronto.
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