Trio of Tigers Pitchers No-Hit Blue Jays in 2-0 Triumph

by Joshua Brown

Pitcher Matt Manning was taken aback to realize he’d been pulled while delivering a no-hitter.

“It only hit me when someone in the dugout mentioned it,” Manning expressed. “I was quite taken aback,” he admitted.

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By the end of the game, every spectator at Comerica Park was aware of the feat that Manning, along with relievers Jason Foley and Alex Lange, had accomplished.

Foley and Lange completed the job that Manning had initiated, leading the Tigers to a no-hit 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Manning (3-1) held the mound for 6 2/3 innings, with Foley securing four consecutive outs.

Lange, the Tigers’ closer, took the ninth, dismissing Bo Bichette in three pitches. Brandon Belt sent a line out to center field, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was grounded out to third on an 0-2 pitch.

This was the Tigers’ ninth no-hitter and the first combined one in their history. It was the franchise’s first no-hitter since Spencer Turnbull’s against the Seattle Mariners on May 18, 2021. The Tigers repeated their feat against the Blue Jays, first done by Justin Verlander in Toronto on May 7, 2011.

Verlander also recorded the most recent no-hitter against the Blue Jays, this time for Houston on Sept. 1, 2019.

Following Domingo Germán’s perfect game for the New York Yankees at Oakland on June 28, this was the second no-hitter in the majors this season, and the first combined no-hitter since three Houston Astros pitchers neutralized the Yankees in June 2022.

The Tigers celebrated their feat on the mound, joined by their fans.

“Detroit, how about that?” Lange called out to the crowd while being interviewed on the field with Manning, Foley, and catcher Eric Haase. “Thank you for enduring the rain to cheer us on.”

After walking Cavan Biggio with two outs in the seventh, Manning was replaced. His record showed three walks and one hit batter, with five strikeouts, in 91 pitches.

Manager A.J. Hinch acknowledged, “He was straining considerably. I almost removed him after the fifth and again after the sixth. I gave him the seventh, but once a runner is on, the game’s win becomes the focus.”

Foley retired Whit Merrifield in the seventh before pitching a perfect eighth.

“This is an incredible experience — I couldn’t ask for two better teammates to share this with,” Foley said after the game.

Kevin Gausman (7-5) conceded two runs in the first inning.

Riley Greene singled in his first appearance since May 30 and later scored on Spencer Torkelson’s double in the first. Kerry Carpenter followed up with an RBI triple, pushing the score to 2-0. However, an inning-ending double play was hit by Javier Báez.

Some brilliant defensive plays were made, notably Carpenter’s fantastic catch at the start of the fourth inning, and Báez’s sprint into left field to catch Bichette’s fly ball in the sixth.

“You have to acknowledge good pitching and excellent defense,” conceded Blue Jays manager John Schneider.

The match was delayed by 1:22 due to rain, with a heavy shower falling during the first inning.

The Tigers managed to turn their fortunes around after a 12-2 defeat to the Blue Jays on Friday.

“That’s baseball — one day we take a serious beating, and the next we secure a combined no-hitter,” Haase noted.


The Tigers reinstated Greene and RHP Beau Brieske from the injury list, sent RHP Alex Faedo to Triple-A Toledo, and designated INF Jonathan Schoop for assignment.


In his comeback, Greene reached base four times, with two singles and two walks.


In a rare occurrence, even the visiting fans, comprising about 50% of the over 30,000 attendees, were applauding at the game’s conclusion.


A three-game series concludes on Sunday afternoon with LHP Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00) making his second start of the season for Detroit. The Blue Jays have RHP Chris Bassitt (8-5, 4.09) lined up to pitch.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Combined No-Hitter

Q: How did the Tigers manage to achieve a combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays?

A: The Tigers’ pitchers, Matt Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange, combined their efforts to keep the Blue Jays from getting any hits throughout the game, resulting in a no-hitter victory for the Tigers.

Q: How many no-hitters have the Tigers recorded in their history?

A: This combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays marks the ninth no-hitter in the history of the Detroit Tigers franchise.

Q: When was the last time the Tigers had a no-hitter before this game?

A: The last no-hitter for the Tigers was achieved by Spencer Turnbull on May 18, 2021, against the Seattle Mariners.

Q: Is this the first combined no-hitter in Tigers’ history?

A: Yes, this combined no-hitter against the Blue Jays is the first of its kind in the history of the Detroit Tigers franchise.

Q: Who was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays before this game?

A: Justin Verlander was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays. He accomplished this feat on May 7, 2011, when he was still playing for the Tigers.

Q: How does this combined no-hitter compare to other recent no-hitters in the MLB?

A: This combined no-hitter by the Tigers is the second no-hitter in the 2023 MLB season, following Domingo Germán’s perfect game for the New York Yankees on June 28. It is also the first combined no-hitter since June 2022, when three Houston Astros pitchers shut down the Yankees.

Q: How did the Tigers celebrate their combined no-hitter victory?

A: The Tigers celebrated the historic achievement on the mound, with players like Matt Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange joining in the celebration along with the crowd at Comerica Park.

More about Combined No-Hitter

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BaseballFan88 July 9, 2023 - 12:46 am

wow, tigers pitchers did a nohitter against the blue jays! crazy game tbh, manning, foley, and lange were amazing. #nohitter #tigers #bluejays

GameDayJunkie July 9, 2023 - 3:29 am

Combined no-hitters are so rare! Tigers made history with Manning, Foley, and Lange. The Blue Jays couldn’t get a hit all game. Baseball magic at its finest! #TigersHistory #PitchingDominance

SportsAddict23 July 9, 2023 - 10:29 am

Tigers got their groove back! Manning didn’t even realize he had a nohitter going. That’s gotta be surreal. Congrats to the whole team! #TigersNoHitter #BaseballThrills


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