Tigers’ Matt Manning and Relievers Combine for Second No-Hitter of the Season, Blanking Blue Jays

by Chloe Baker

In a remarkable display of pitching prowess, Matt Manning and two Tigers relievers orchestrated a memorable feat by hurling a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays, marking the second no-no of the season in the majors.

Manning, unperturbed by his early exit from the game, confessed that he was oblivious to his no-hit bid until it was brought to his attention in the dugout. “I had no idea,” he admitted, expressing surprise. “I was like, ‘well, dang.'”

Notably, other notable news from the day includes Blake Snell’s dominant performance, striking out 11 in six scoreless innings, leading the Padres to a 3-1 triumph over the Mets. Additionally, Mookie Betts etched his name in MLB history, matching the record for most leadoff home runs in the first half of the season, fueling the Dodgers’ 10-5 rout of the Angels. Meanwhile, during the Futures Game, prospect Misiorowski showcased his blazing speed, hitting the 100 mph mark on 10 of his 18 pitches.

By the time the final out was recorded, the entire crowd at Comerica Park was well aware of the extraordinary accomplishment achieved by Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange. Foley and Lange seamlessly carried on from where Manning left off, resulting in the Tigers securing a 2-0 victory and completing the no-hit masterpiece.

Manning, with an impressive 6 2/3 innings on the mound, received stellar support from Foley, who recorded four consecutive outs. In the final inning, Lange, the Tigers’ closer, exhibited his skill by striking out Bo Bichette on just three pitches. Brandon Belt then lined out to center field, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded out to third on an 0-2 pitch, sealing the historical moment.

This combined no-hitter marked the ninth in Tigers history, with the previous one achieved by Spencer Turnbull against the Seattle Mariners on May 18, 2021. Notably, it was also the second time the Tigers held the Blue Jays hitless, with Justin Verlander accomplishing the feat on May 7, 2011, while also being the most recent pitcher to no-hit the Blue Jays during his time with the Houston Astros on September 1, 2019.

This season’s second no-hitter in the majors follows Domingo Germán’s perfect game for the New York Yankees against the Oakland Athletics on June 28. The most recent combined no-hitter in the regular season occurred when the Houston Astros kept the Yankees hitless on June 25, 2022. Remarkably, the Astros replicated this achievement in Game 4 of the World Series on November 2, with Cristian Javier again leading the charge against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Tigers rejoiced in the momentous triumph, celebrating on the mound alongside Manning and Foley. Lange, while being interviewed on the field, exclaimed, “How about that, Detroit?” expressing gratitude to the fans who braved the rain to cheer for them.

Manning’s departure from the game came after issuing a walk to Cavan Biggio with two outs in the seventh inning. Throughout his stellar performance, Manning tallied three walks, one hit batter, and five strikeouts, throwing a total of 91 pitches.

Manager A.J. Hinch revealed the decision to replace Manning, stating, “He was laboring a ton.” Hinch contemplated removing him after the fifth and sixth innings but opted to send him out for the seventh. However, once a runner reached base, their focus shifted towards securing the win.

Foley took over in the seventh and retired Whit Merrifield before pitching a flawless eighth inning.

Reflecting on the experience, Foley shared, “I thought Matty was going to keep going, but I got in there and tried to throw strikes. This is pretty awesome — I couldn’t ask for two better guys to do this with.”

On the offensive front, Kevin Gausman yielded two runs in the first inning, where Riley Greene, in his return since May 30, led off with a single and subsequently scored on Spencer Torkelson’s double. Kerry Carpenter followed up with an RBI triple to extend the Tigers’ lead to 2-0. However, Javier Báez’s inning-ending double play prevented further damage.

Defensively, Carpenter showcased his skills with an outstanding sliding catch to commence the fourth inning, securing Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s pop fly in foul territory down the right-field line. Báez, in turn, made a notable play in the sixth inning, racing into left field to catch Bo Bichette’s fly ball while Matt Vierling shifted to left-center field.

The game’s start faced a delay of 1 hour and 22 minutes due to rain, with a heavy shower occurring in the first inning. Manning believed that battling through the early adversity played a crucial role in his success, finding his rhythm with catcher Eric Haase.

Haase, who also caught Turnbull’s no-hitter, shared his perspective, stating, “About the sixth inning, you start counting outs. Matt was keeping them uncomfortable, and then Foley came in and shut the door before Lange did what he does.”

The Tigers, who suffered a lopsided 12-2 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays the previous day, adopted a different approach at the plate. Haase noted, “That’s baseball — we got our teeth kicked in last night and get a combined no-hitter today.”

In roster news, the Tigers activated Riley Greene and pitcher Beau Brieske from the injured list, while RHP Alex Faedo was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Additionally, infielder Jonathan Schoop was designated for assignment.

Drawing attention to the impressive return of Greene, he reached base four times, recording two singles and two walks.

The Tigers and Blue Jays drew an impressive crowd of over 30,000 fans for the second consecutive day, with roughly half of them supporting each team. This balanced showing of support is customary when Toronto teams visit Detroit, and even the Blue Jays fans were cheering by the game’s conclusion.

The three-game series will conclude on Sunday, with Tarik Skubal taking the mound for Detroit in his second start of the season. The Blue Jays will counter with Chris Bassitt, who holds an 8-5 record and a 4.09 ERA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about no-hitter

What was the outcome of the game between the Tigers and the Blue Jays?

The Tigers pitched a combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays, resulting in a 2-0 victory for Detroit.

Who were the key pitchers involved in the no-hitter?

Matt Manning started the game and pitched 6 2/3 innings, while Jason Foley and Alex Lange finished the game in relief.

How many no-hitters have the Tigers had in their history?

The Tigers have recorded nine no-hitters in their franchise history. This combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays was the first of its kind for the Tigers.

What were the offensive highlights of the game?

Riley Greene singled and scored in his first at-bat since May 30, and Kerry Carpenter added an RBI triple to contribute to the Tigers’ 2-0 lead in the first inning.

How does this no-hitter compare to previous ones in MLB?

This no-hitter marks the second one of the season in the majors, following Domingo Germán’s perfect game for the New York Yankees. It is also the first combined no-hitter in the regular season since June 2022.

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BaseballFan88 July 9, 2023 - 8:01 am

wow tigers no hitter against blue jays! amazin game! manning and them relievers were on fire! gr8 job tigers! #mlb

SportsLover42 July 9, 2023 - 11:43 am

tigers did whaaaat??? no-no??? thats insane yo! how u not kno ur pitchin a no hitter lol. congrats to da team tho! #history

GameDayHero July 9, 2023 - 2:21 pm

Tigers be bringin’ the heat! No-hitter against the Blue Jays, that’s some serious dominance! Manning, Foley, and Lange were untouchable. Way to go, Detroit! #PitchingPerfection


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