By: Kyle May
If it wasn’t for Chris Iannetta’s double to lead off the 9th inning, Justin Verlander would have gone on to throw a no-hitter on Wednesday. Inanities’ double barely caught part of the chalk on the foul line to rob Verlander from history.
“That’s the toughest part of a no-hitter is getting through that last inning,” Verlander said. “How many times have you seen guys break it up in the ninth? It happens. Guys really lock in, and if you make a mistake guys can hit it.”
Verlander improved to 2-6 on the year by throwing a complete game shutout. He walked 2 batters but struck out 9 batters. Verlander was an inch or so away from history.
Verlander received offensive support from Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera, and JD Martinez, who all homered in the winning effort. JD Martinez also doubled and Ian Kindler tripled.
Hector Santiago got roughed up and saw his ERA rise above 3 for the first time in a long time. He is now 7-8 and has a 3.13 ERA. Santiago gave up 3 homeruns and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. He was able to strike out 3 batters, however.
The Angels could not muster anything offensively besides Iannetta’s double. David Murphy and Kaleb Cowart each drew a walk, but double plays killed their threats.
What is next for these clubs?
Matt Shoemaker has been recalled from AAA and will get the nod in the rubber match versus the Tigers. Shoemaker is 5-9 on the year and has a 4.76 ERA. Randy Wolf (0-1, 3.86 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers. The first pitch at Comerica Park is scheduled for 1:08 ET in the afternoon.