Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Francisco Liriano Throws Ugly No-Hitter
Obviously, a no-hitter is always impressive, but compared to the no-hitters thrown in the big leagues last season Liriano's seemed almost mediocre. Based on Bill James' Game Score, which measures and sums different part's of a pitcher's performance into a single number, Liriano only scored an 83, which ties the Pirates' Lefty Chambers for the lowest Game Score in a no-no of the 170 thrown since 1919. Liriano threw 123 pitches on Tuesday night, with only 66 of those pitches going for strikes. He walked six while only striking out two in his first career complete game. Liriano became the first pitcher since Jerry Ruess in 1980 to strike out two hitters or fewer in a no-hitter. He threw 39 pitches from the stretch and needed double-plays to get out of three innings. It was definitely one of the weirdest no-hitters ever thrown in the Major Leagues, but hey, a no-hitter is still a no-hitter.