Verlander entered the ninth having struck out eight batters and walked two, but the Angels’ Chris Iannetta doubled off the paint on the leftfield line to lead off the frame. Verlander secured the Tigers’ 5–0 win after retiring the next three Angels hitters.
A no-hitter would have been the third of Verlander’s career; only five other pitchers have pitched more three or more no-hitters: Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four), Bob Feller (three), Cy Young (three) and Larry Corcoran (three).
Five no-hitters were thrown earlier this season by the Houston Astros’ Mike Fiers on Aug. 21, the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma on Aug. 12, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels (now with the Texas Rangers) on July 25, the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer on June 20 and the San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston on June 9.
- Mike Fiammetta