Ervin Santana tossed a no-hitter Wednesday afternoon against the Clevelnd Indians, beating the Tribe, 3-1. Santana is the kind of pitcher who can shut down a lineup with electric stuff and the endurance to get through nine innings. He just doesn’t do it consistently. But when he’s on, he’s tough to hit. The Indians’ lone run came in the first inning after leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar, stole second went to third on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a Santana wild pitch.
Back on May 4 in Boston, Santana was mowing down the Red Sox through four innings before rain suspended the game and ended his night. He allowed just three hits into the eighth inning in his last outing at Baltimore. So it’s not a shock.
This is the third no-hitter in baseball this season, and the ninth no-hitter in Angels’ history, four of them by Nolan Ryan.