Francisco Liriano Throws No-Hitter In 1-0 Win Over Chicago White Sox

Francisco Liriano threw nine innings of no-hit ball in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

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How Much Did Blown Call Help Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter?

In the bottom of the eighth, with one out and a runner on first, Francisco Liriano got Gordon Beckham to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning and help preserve the no-hitter. But replays showed that Beckham was safe at first, as Justin Morneau's swipe tag caught nothing but air:

 

 

Here's the tricky part: it wasn't going to be a hit. It would have been a fielder's choice, and the no-hitter would have still been intact.

So how many Super Cool No-Hitter Points does one dock from Liriano's final tally? Is it a complete non-issue, or is Liriano's no-hitter somewhat impure?

Alright, it's probably a non-issue. But it's an interesting contrast to the Armando Galarraga/Jim Joyce game. In that game, the only thing standing between a perfect game and a one-hitter was a blown call. In the Liriano no-hitter, it's way more ambiguous. Maybe he would have given up a hit to the next batter, but that's just cynical talk. I'd like to think that he would have walked the next six hitters, kept the no-hitter intact, and lost what would have been the most epic no-hitter of our generation.

We'll never know. Pretty sure he would have walked the next six, though.

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Francisco Liriano Throws No-Hitter Opposite Edwin Jackson

As you've no doubt heard from your friends, the internet, and this very StoryStream, Twins starter Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter on Tuesday night. It was an ugly no-hitter, but a no-hitter nonetheless, as he blanked the White Sox over nine innings despite six walks and a paltry two strikeouts.

But Francisco Liriano didn't only throw an ugly no-hitter; no, he threw an ugly no-hitter opposite White Sox starter Edwin Jackson, the author of baseball's most recent ugly no-hitter before this one. Trivia!

Pitching for the Diamondbacks against the Rays on June 25, 2010, Jackson kept Tampa Bay hitless, but he did so while walking eight batters and throwing an unthinkable 149 pitches, of which just 79 (53%) were strikes. Jackson's eight walks tied for the third-highest total in a no-hitter in baseball history.

One wonders which was uglier - Liriano's no-hitter on Tuesday, or Jackson's no-hitter last June. While Jackson needed more pitches and walked more batters, he faced a tougher lineup, and he did rack up six strikeouts. Liriano was just coasting by on a lot of contact in between free passes and bad counts.

Jackson was on his best behavior opposite Liriano on Tuesday, walking just one batter over eight innings. Of course, he also took the loss. Score one for effective wildness.

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Francisco Liriano No-Hitter: A Tour Through The Headlines

So Francisco Liriano threw an ugly no-hitter against the White Sox on Tuesday night. A no-hitter, you say? A no-hitter is a big deal! An opportunity for the country's foremost headline writers to shine! Hit it, country's foremost headline writers!

First, we pay a visit to the Yahoo! baseball homepage:

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Okay yeah that's pretty bad. How about you, Fox Sports? You come up with anything better?

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Well that's disappointing, albeit slightly more emphatic. Of course you'd expect something a little better from MLB.com. MLB.com?

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"Twin Thrilling". It's a pun, but at least it's better pun. Now I'll just click on the headline and read the article body:

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Oh, oh no. Please save us, ESPN.

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That isn't "Liriano-no" but it also isn't the least bit interesting so I don't know how to feel about this one. Does ESPN's baseball page have anything different?

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I can't decide if this is the best or worst one so far. Read aloud as "No -- No One Saw It Coming", it's perfect. It tells you what happened, and it gives you some context. Read aloud as "No-No One Saw It Coming", it's pretty much the worst thing since Jorts.

Our final stop will be CBS:

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CBS: where the headline writers are less cute, but wrong. Francisco Liriano put it all together on Tuesday night like the North Koreans put it all together at Kijŏng-dong.

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Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter Was Also His First Complete Game

Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter wasn’t just his first game without a hit. It wasn’t just his first shutout. It was his first complete game at any level. In a six-season career, not once had Liriano met his catcher halfway between the mound after throwing the final pitch of a game he’d started. It’s a surprising little factoid for a guy who’s been good enough to get Rookie of the Year and Cy Young votes in his career.

It’s surprising, but is it rare? There have been 180 no-hitters thrown since 1919, which is as far back as Baseball Reference’s game logs go back to check something like this. Here are the pitchers whose first complete game was also a no-hitter:

Bobo Holloman - 1953
Bill Stoneman - 1969
Jim Bibby - 1973
Charlie Lea - 1981
Wilson Alvarez - 1991
Kent Mercker - 1994
Jose Jimenez - 1999
Bud Smith - 2001
A.J. Burnett - 2001
Derek Lowe - 2002
Anibal Sanchez - 2006
Clay Buchholz - 2007
Jon Lester - 2008
Jonathan Sanchez - 2009
Dallas Braden - 2010
Francisco Liriano - 2011

Maybe -- just maybe -- the game has changed a little bit since World War I. Back when George Mogridge and Hod Eller were throwing no-hitters, every rookie with three or more games started had already had a complete game, if not three. Throwing no-hitter for a first complete game was still a once-in-a-decade anomaly after World War II, and even then, there were explanations for the pitchers who did it. Bill Stoneman was a youngster who had started all of two games before 1969. Bobo Holloman and Jim Bibby were rookies, with Holloman only making nine more starts in his career.

And then, right around the turn of the century, came the pitch-count era. Teams decided that pitchers were more like expensive sports cars than pack mules, and they were treated accordingly. Innings were limited, pitch counts were watched, and games were finished by someone else.

A pitcher’s first complete game being a no-hitter is still an anomaly, of course, but it’s becoming more and more common. It’s certainly not something to expect only from rookies anymore.

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Twins, White Sox Fans React To Francisco Liriano No-Hitter

Francisco Liriano's no-hitter on Tuesday night sparked a broad range of reactions, from jubilation in Minnesota to heavy disappointment in Chicago. It was a surprising no-hitter: Liriano has struggled all year and was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. With six walks, it was far from perfect, though the end result was still a no-hitter and Twins win over the White Sox.

White Sox fans were understandably bitter about the no-hitter and lamented the missed opportunities. Over at South Side Sox, Jim Margalus was quick to point out just how ugly and frustrating the no-hitter was.

The man who entered the game with a 9.13 ERA and his job on the line pitched a no-hitter, the first to achieve the feat against the Sox since Bret Saberhagen on Aug. 27, 1991. And he didn't even have the courtesy to look good doing it.

Twins fans, on the other hand, were pleased with both the no-hitter and win. Twinkie Town, SB Nation's Twins blog, was thrilled with the team's first no-hitter since 1999, though it came in an unexpected way from a pitcher fighting to keep his spot in the rotation.

With perhaps his rotation spot on the line, Francisco Liriano came up HUGE tonight in Chicago. Before the game, I noted that Liriano needed to get the walks under control, and the offense needed to get back on track. Neither of these happened, but this is still a game many of us will never forget, as Liriano no-hit the White Sox, despite walking six batters and a fourth inning Jason Kubel home run being the only offense on the night

Check out the rest of this StoryStream for more on Liriano's no-hitter. For more reaction and analysis, head over to Twinkie Town, SB Nation's Twins blog, and South Side Sox, SB Nation's White Sox blog.

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Francisco Liriano Throws No-Hitter In 1-0 Win Over Chicago White Sox

It wasn't pretty, but Francisco Liriano got the job done on Tuesday night, throwing a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Liriano threw 123 pitches -- only 66 of them strikes -- while allowing six walks against only two strikeouts.

Liriano's night started inauspiciously as he walked Juan Pierre, the first batter he faced. It was a theme for the night: Of the six walks Liriano gave up, three were to Pierre. Yet every time Liriano got into trouble, he was able to work his way out of the jam, either with a timely double play or by narrowly side-stepping danger to keep his no-hit bid intact.

In the ninth, Liriano polished off the no-hitter, though not without drama. A nice pick by Justin Morneau set down Brent Morel for the first out before Liriano walked Pierre, the second batter of the inning. Alexei Ramirez hit a soft liner to short for the second out and Adam Dunn lined out to Matt Tolbert for the final out.

Minnesota scored their only run on Jason Kubel's fourth-inning home run.

For more on Liriano's no-hitter, stay with this StoryStream or head over to Twinkie Town. For more on the White Sox, check out SB Nation Chicago and South Side Sox.

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Francisco Liriano No-Hitter Among Least Impressive In Baseball History

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter on Tuesday night against the White Sox, despite walking six and striking out only two.

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Francisco Liriano: No-Hit Stuff From Day One

Francisco Liriano came to the Minnesota Twins in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. Who could be nuts enough to give that kind of talent up?

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Francisco Liriano No-Hits White Sox In Pseudo-Masterpiece

Minnesota's Francisco Liriano entered Tuesday night's start with a 9.13 ERA and a precarious hold on his job, but threw a no-hitter to beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

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