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Angels' Ervin Santana Throws No-Hitter Against Indians

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Where Ervin Santana's No-Hitter Ranks In Angels History

Ervin Santana's 10-strikeout, one-walk performance was impressive, but where does it rank in the history of an organization flush with no-hitters?

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Ervin Santana No-Hitter: Other No-Hitters With A Run Allowed

Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter on Wednesday, but he also allowed a run. Is this some sort of paradox? Is this inception? The first Indians hitter reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a grounder, and scored on a wild pitch. This is how the Padres won 90 games last year. For Santana, it was an inauspicious start to his game.

There have only been eight nine-inning games in which a pitcher allowed a run without giving up a hit:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Darryl Kile 1993-09-08 HOU NYM W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 0 1 9
2 Joe Cowley 1986-09-19 CHW CAL W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 1 7 8
3 George Culver 1968-07-29 (2) CIN PHI W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 0 5 4
4 Dean Chance 1967-08-25 (2) MIN CLE W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 1 5 8
5 Ken Johnson 1964-04-23 HOU CIN L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 0 1 0 2 9
6 Don Nottebart 1963-05-17 HOU PHI W 4-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 0 3 8
7 Bob Feller 1951-07-01 (1) CLE DET W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 0 1 0 3 5
8 Dazzy Vance 1925-09-13 (1) BRO PHI W 10-1 9.0 0 1 0 1 9
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Generated 7/27/2011.

Broken into categories:

No one to blame but yourself
Joe Cowley and Dean Chance couldn't stop walking guys. In the bottom of the sixth in Cowley's no-hitter, he actually walked the bases loaded with nobody out before Reggie Jackson hit a sacrifice fly.  Chance walked two hitters in the first, and after an error loaded the bases, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch.

Bad fielding
Dick Allen reached on an error from his shortstop in George Culver's start, moved to third on a grounder, then scored on a sac fly. This is almost identical to what happened in Don Nottebart's start, except the runner advanced to third on a bunt. 

The run in Bob Feller's no-hitter came on an error, a stolen base that advanced to third on a throwing error, and a sac fly. Oof.

Santana's start would be in this group.

Probably bad fielding/unknown
There isn't a play-by-play for Dazzy Vance's start, but there were three errors behind him, and he only allowed one walk. It was probably bad fielding. Also, though it might be easy to overlook because he's in the Hall of Fame, never forget how awesome of a name Dazzy Vance is.

It's everybody's fault
Darryl Kile walked Jeff McKnight and threw a wild pitch that skipped away from the catcher and went so far that it was Jeff Bagwell who fielded it. He promptly winged it into left field trying to get McKnight at third. Now that's a wild pitch.

And no one ever made eye contract with him for three months
In the ninth inning of Ken Johnson's no-hitter, Pete Rose reached second on an throwing error. It should be noted that Johnson was fielding a Rose bunt in the ninth inning of a no-hitter because Pete Rose was a weenie and a jerk, who also was good at winning games.

Rose moved to third on a grounder with one out, and scored on a two-out error by the second baseman. Joe Nuxhall shut down Houston in the bottom of the ninth for the 1-0 victory. And that was the most painful game to watch in the history of baseball.

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Angels' Ervin Santana No-Hits Indians, Halos Win 3-1

The Angels’ Ervin Santana has thrown a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in an afternoon contest in Cleveland. The Angels won the game 3-1. It’s the ninth no-hitter in Angels history, the third this season after Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander, and it’s on the site where Santana made his major league debut on May 17, 2005.

Travis Buck led off the ninth inning, pinch-hitting for Austin Kearns and was called out on strikes on a fastball that painted the outside corner on a 2-2 pitch.

Ezequiel Carrera, who scored a run for the Indians in the first inning on an error, a stolen base, a groundout and a wild pitch, was next, and grounded out to Howie Kendrick at second base on a routine bouncer.

Michael Brantley lifted a routine fly ball to center fielder Peter Bourjos to end it; Santana was dominant all day, walking just one (Lonnie Chisenhall) in the eighth inning, and striking out 10. He threw just 95 pitches in completing the gem, throwing 68 strikes.

Speaking of errors, the Indians themselves made five errors in this game, leading to two unearned Angels runs. The win itself was also key for the Angels, as it moved them to within 2.5 games of the AL West lead.

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Ervin Santana No-Hitter: Intact Through Eight Innings

Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, pitching against the Indians in Cleveland, has not allowed a hit through eight innings.

The Indians did score an unearned run in the first inning, thanks to an error and a wild pitch. But the Angels tied the game in the fifth, and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

That's where the score stands after eight innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Santana struck out the side -- getting Carlos Santana, Matt LaPorta and Jason Kipnis -- but did issue a walk to rookie Lonnie Chisenhall, the Indians' first of the game.

Relying largely on his mid-90s fastball and slider, Santana has struck out nine Indians through eight innings. He's thrown only 94 pitches, 68 of them strikes.

Santana's never come close a no-hitter in his career, with his best outings being three three-hitters, the last of them a year ago, in a game that saw him out-pitched by John Danks.

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Angels' Ervin Santana No-Hitter: Intact Through Seven Innings

Day games in Cleveland don't always get a lot of attention, and there isn't a very large crowd at Progressive Field for the Angels vs. Indians contest.

This game may soon get quite a bit more attention. The Angels' Ervin Santana has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Indians.

The catch here is that the Tribe has a run -- scored in the first inning off Santana. Ezequiel Carrera led off the game and reached on a throwing error by Erick Aybar. He stole second and went to third on a groundout, and then scored on a wild pitch. The Indians kept that 1-0 lead until the fifth, when Peter Bourjos tripled and was doubled in by Maicer Izturis.

The Angels took the lead in the sixth inning, when Torii Hunter doubled and was singled in by Howard Kendrick.

Santana has also retired Carlos Santana to begin the eighth inning, so there are only five outs to go before he's in the history books. He's walked one -- Lonnie Chisenhall with one out in the eighth -- and struck out seven. Stay with this StoryStream for more information.

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