Ervin Santana pitched the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years today against the Cleveland Indians. Santana struck out 10 and allowed only two runners—there was an error on the leadoff batter in the first inning and a walk in the eighth. (That leadoff batter eventually scored, explaining the 3-1 final score.) Santana (6-8) said he began to think a no-hitter was within reach after he got through the eighth.
"Lots of guys get to five, six innings, but that's when things get a little complicated," he said. This was the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season, yet another sign that this, too, is another Year of the Pitcher. Minnesota's Francisco Liriano did it against the Chicago White Sox on May 3 and Detroit ace Justin Verlander beat Toronto on May 7.