Houston Astros’ ace Justin Verlander missed his fourth no-hitter by five outs but still faced the minimum through eight innings. As a result, his side went on to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 in their latest Major League Baseball (MLB) game on Tuesday night for their eighth straight win.
The 39-year-old right-hander, who is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, finished the eighth by getting Twins shortstop Royce Lewis to ground into a double play. Verlander has been stellar so far in the 2022 season after pitching just once in 2020 and missing the entire 2021 edition owing to an elbow injury.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here many times before and had it happen. I’ve had a few heartbreaking ones in the ninth inning,” Verlander said, as quoted by ESPN. “This one I think it’s just one of those you appreciate that it was a good outing and gave us a chance to win, and we did that.”
“Having the game possibly yanked out from underneath you makes me appreciate being here, playing with my teammates, pitching well, all of that,” Verlander said.
“Justin Verlander is a horse”
Talking about the Virginia native baseball pitcher, Astros manager Dusty Baker stated that the former was on a 90-pitch limit that had him get through eight no-hit innings.
“The guy’s a horse,” Baker said. “When he pitches, the guys stay alert. He gets the ball quickly. He doesn’t mess around on the mound, so you keep the defence sharp when you do that.”
“The no-hitter was getting kind of deep in the game and he was able to make a great play, spin and throw the guy out at second trying to advance,” Verlander said of teammate Martin Maldonado. “Really, his job behind the plate was fantastic.”