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.