May 4, 2011 by USA Post
Twins No-Hitter, During the show before the Twins game, all the talking heads could talk about how was the pitcher Francisco Liriano (notes) should have a good start against the Chicago White Sox on May 3, or would be degraded to bullpen.
Fast forward about three hours later and Liriano is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2011 season. The performance of pitcher the Twins’ 1-0 victory was not what I would call dominant, but pitched well and played strong defense behind him.
Liriano no-no was the fifth in team history. However, the effort of rain shortEnd Dean Chance in 1967 not recognized in the modern era as a no-hitter. The twin’s last no-hitter was released on September 11, 1999 by left-hander Eric Milton (notes) against the Angels.
Other twins to put up zeros are Jack Kralick in 1962 and Scott Erickson in 1994.
As I sat in a bar watching Liriano masterpiece I could only hope that this might be something the whole team could take out of the funk that has hampered the season.
It was also asked if the manager Ron Gardenhire was tempted to take Liriano in the ninth inning, because we all know that Gardy believes in mind the tone and management by the book. God forbid, the largest low performance of your staff may only saved the season with a brilliant performance.
Blair Reynolds is a follower of the twins who sold tickets for the 1998 season to pay their college tuition.
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