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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 5/11

Tuesday featured 2022's first solo no-no and much, much more!

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Detmers Throws First Solo No-Hitter of 2022

22-year-old Reid Detmers owns the first solo no-hitter of 2022.

Detmers took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Rays before Brett Phillips reached on a tough play at first. The play was ultimately ruled an error by first baseman Jared Walsh, keeping the no-hit bid alive into the eighth inning.

Detmers went on to induce three straight flyouts to end the eighth and then forced another pop out from Vidal Bruján for the first out in the ninth. He got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to Walsh, which brought the final Ray to the plate.

Yandy Díaz hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Andrew Velazquez. Detmers crouched as his shortstop fielded the ball, then raised his hands in triumph as he was swarmed by his teammates.

The Mets own the first no-hitter of 2022, but theirs was a combined effort involving five pitchers on April 29. Detmers is the first to complete the feat on his own in 2022.

The Angels’ offense provided plenty of run support (more on that in the best moments section below) so the game’s result was never in doubt, but the no-hitter for the rookie was a surprise indeed. It’s already a special season for the Angels.

 

A Wild Night in the Bronx

For five innings of Tuesday’s matchup between Toronto and New York, everything looked good for the Blue Jays. George Springer started the night with a leadoff homer off Luis Severino:

Santiago Espinal expanded the lead in the second inning with a double that was originally ruled a home run but ultimately got called back because Aaron Hicks touched it before it careened over the wall. Meanwhile, starter Yusei Kikuchi totally dominated the Yankees’ bats and took a no-hit bid through five full innings. Then the bottom of the sixth arrived.

DJ LeMahieu shattered the no-hitter with a sharp double into left. Aaron Judge reached first thanks to an uncharacteristic bobble from defensive wizard Matt Chapman. Anthony Rizzo flew out but advanced LeMahieu to third, so Toronto Manager Charlie Montoyo swapped Yimi García in for Kikuchi. Then Giancarlo Stanton stepped in and did this:

Josh Donaldson stepped up next and was immediately plunked by García. It’s doubtful that García hit Donaldson intentionally, but the umpires convened and decided to toss him. Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker followed soon after, and Montoyo got the boot in the top of the seventh after arguing a pitch that went high and tight on Bo Bichette.

The Jays recovered the lead in the top of the eighth thanks to a hit from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. that brought home a hustling Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from first, followed quickly by a sacrifice fly by Alejandro Kirk that scored Gurriel, but the Yankees would have the last laugh.

Toronto closer Jordan Romano struck out Isiah Kiner-Falefa to start off the bottom of the ninth, but quickly got into trouble by issuing walks to Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu. That brought Aaron Judge to the plate, who ended the night with an emphatic moonshot off a hung slider:

The rest of the games between the Blue Jays and Yankees are going to be grudge matches, and baseball fans should be excited because this was a blast to watch.

 

Verlander Takes No-Hit Bid Through 7.1 Innings

If there was any lingering question about Justin Verlander’s abilities following his lost 2021 season, they were answered last night.

The only offense Minnesota generated through the first seven innings were a walk by Jorge Polanco in the fifth and a walk to Gilberto Celestino in the sixth. They were finally able to break through with a single by Gio Urshela in the eighth, but the potential spark was immediately quashed when Verlander induced a double-play ball from Royce Lewis in the next at bat.

Verlander had plenty of run support, with Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel, Kyle Tucker, and Jeremy Peña each scoring a run to provide a five-run cushion. He was lifted for Blake Taylor, who gave up a few hits but kept the Twins scoreless to end the night.

Tonight’s win would have been Verlander’s fourth career no-hitter, but he’ll have to settle for a 5-0 win and another step toward the top of the AL West.

 

A’s Martinez Gets Win in MLB Debut

The Athletics called up righty Adrian Martinez from AAA Las Vegas and handed him the ball on Tuesday. Martinez joined the A’s organization in the trade that sent Sean Manaea to San Diego and made his big league debut in the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit on Tuesday.

Martinez rose to the occasion and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with four hits and three strikeouts. The A’s offense churned out four runs and the bullpen overcame a few shaky moments to cap the rookie’s debut with a 4-1 win.

The contest was the third of a five-game series between the two teams which continues today. The A’s lead 2-1 thanks to a win on Monday that snapped a nine-game skid and a split of the doubleheader on Tuesday.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Brett Phillips Throws Live Batting Practice

While the big news in the Rays-Angels game was Reid Detmers‘ no-hitter, we can’t overlook the fact that the game also included one of the worst mismatches in MLB history.

With the score 8-0 in the bottom of the eighth, outfielder Brett Phillips took the mound for the Rays. He gave up a double to Andrew Velazquez, then got Brandon Marsh out on a long popup. That brought Mike Trout to the plate. Best baseball player of our generation Mike Trout. It wasn’t pretty.

As if that shot weren’t humiliation enough, Anthony Rendon came up after a sharp Shohei Ohtani double and batted lefty. He’s never taken a professional at bat from the left side before, but he still crushed a pitch from Phillips.

It was one of those nights for the Rays. And, in the completely opposite way, one of those nights for the Angels.

 

Tony Kemp Blows His Own Mind

Down three runs in the bottom of the eighth, Jeimer Candelario hit a line drive off Domingo Acevedo that seemed destined to drop in the outfield for a base hit. Tony Kemp had other ideas.

While his reaction of amazement and disbelief at the play is relatable, it’s not what you expect to see from the person who just made a circus catch to end an inning. It’s refreshingly authentic and a healthy reminder that these players make the incredible look routine on a nightly basis.

 

Harrison Bader Scores an Inside-the-Park Home Run

The inside-the-park version of the home run is so much more exciting because it involves the chaos of defenders scrambling around like unguided little-leaguers.

 

Clevinger Rocks a New Hairdo

Mike Clevinger has been unabashedly joyful in his return to pitching after missing the 2021 season to Tommy John surgery, and his attitude is infectious. It’s hard not to love a man who shows up to work in pigtails.

It ended up being a short outing for Clevinger, as he only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up two earned runs along the way, but who cares? He’s back. He’s pitching. He looks great.

 

Injuries

 

The Twins placed SS Carlos Correa on the 10-day IL because of a finger injury.

Minnesota placed SP Chris Paddack on the 10-day IL with elbow inflammation.

The Mets moved SP Jacob deGrom from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL.

The Rangers placed C Mitch Garver on the 10-day IL with a sprained flexor tendon.

The Angels placed C Max Stassi on the 10-day IL with no designation.

The Pirates placed OF Jake Marisnick on the 10-day IL with a thumb injury.

The Cubs placed Nick Madrigal on the 10-day IL with low-back tightness.

Seiya Suzuki was scratched from the Cubs lineup on Tuesday after leaving Monday’s game with ankle soreness.

 

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Colin Fong

Colin lived near Cooperstown and collected signatures from Hall of Famers for his Dad's collection every summer as a kid. He thought it was super boring at the time, but thinks it's incredibly cool now. He's an A's fan and loves writing about the beautiful, absurd, infuriating, and inspiring world of baseball.

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