The Astros’ first no-hitter of 2019 was a combined effort. Sunday’s feat was started and finished by Justin Verlander.
Verlander tossed the third no-hitter of his career in a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. As a Tiger, he no-hit the Brewers on June 12, 2007, and the Blue Jays on May 7, 2011. He fanned 14 and allowed only one baserunner, a one-out walk to Cavan Biggio in the first inning.
“Man, I cant put it into words," said Verlander on the postgame TV show. "I mean, I’ve been so close to the third one so many times, it just didn’t happen and then tonight, Abraham Toro comes up with a huge homer. Only fitting that he was able to make the last out. Ball is in play, you’re just hoping that it’s an out. Make an out, make an out, make an out, good throw, good throw, good throw. Let’s celebrate.”
By no-hitting Toronto on Sunday, the right-hander became the first pitcher in Major League history to no-hit the same team on the road twice — both at Rogers Centre. Verlander also joins Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Larry Corcoran and Cy Young to throw three or more no-hitters in their careers.