Justin Verlander Throws Third Career No-Hitter in 2-0 Victory over Blue Jays Sunday
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Blue Jays (0) - Astros (2)
Justin Verlander threw the third no-hitter of his Hall of Fame caliber career, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
The veteran Verlander (17-5) showed why he is a Cy Young favourite, striking out 14 batters in his first no-hitter since 2011. The showing put him past teammate Gerrit Cole for the American league lead with 257.
Verlander now leads the AL in ERA, WHIP, wins, and innings pitched in addition to strikeouts.
The Astros' ace did show one sign of weakness on Sunday, as his first inning walk of Cavan Biggio was the first free-pass he had allowed in his last 24 innings.
The final out came off the bat of Bo Bichette as Verlander got the rookie to ground out to cap off the brilliant performance. He faced just one batter more the minimum in the victory.
Rookie Abraham Toro finally gave Verlander run support late in the game, smacking the go-ahead two-run home run off of Jays closer Ken Giles (2-3) with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Houston (89-49) is now just half a game behind the Yankees for the first overall seed in the American League
Opener extraordinaire Wilmer Font (3-3) led a Jays bullpen that matched Verlander pitch for pitch, only allowing three hits before the game-deciding ninth inning.
Font spun two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. The journeyman has allowed just three earned runs in 17.1 innings since taking the opening duties at the beginning of August.
Sam Gaviglio and Zack Godley followed suit, allowing just two hits and no runs in their combined six innings of relief.
Toronto (55-83) has now lost three of their last four games and will open up an inter-league series with the Atlanta Braves on Labour Day. Canadian Mike Soroka (10-3, 2.44 ERA) will look to avenge his start last Tuesday against the Jays, who handed him his first loss in over a month.