Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch much of the first three games. But I went to Sunday's game.
Boy, that was a blast. It was pretty exciting as we noticed there were no runs, no hits, and no men left on base for the Rangers as each inning went by. It was a real bummer when the error by Luke Hughes broke up the perfect game; I imagine that no one felt worse about than he did. However, I'm more upset about what caused the break-up of the no-hitter. It was a perfect storm of unfortunate situations and happy craziness that kept him sitting on the bench for almost half an hour between his last pitch of the seventh and his first pitch of eighth innings:
- A very loooong, drawn out version of God Bless America (note to singers everywhere: patriotic songs are to be sung at an appropriate tempo -- the focus is on the country, not how long you can hold each and every note)
- A regular version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame (to be expected and appreciated)
- The Rangers taking the field
- A line drive from Danny Valencia off pitcher Matt Harrison's arm (ow!), which required a visit from Rangers' coaches and trainers
- The removal of Harrison from the game, which required relief pitcher Mark Lowe to take as many warm up pitches as he needed (and, good grief, he did)
- Jason Repko grounding out and moving Danny Valencia to second (as Bert would say, he did his job)
- Rene Rivera reaching on a fielding error by Elvis Andrus, allowing Valencia to score (yay!)
- Matt Tolbert popping up to third
- Ben Revere striking out, but since the pitch was wild, and Benny is the Jet, he reached first base anyway (yay!), which required a coaching visit to the mound
- Alexi Casilla getting a base hit, moving the runners up
- Michael Cuddyer homered, causing me to dance crazily to a Prince song
- Delmon Young singling
- Luke Hughes also singling, requiring yet another pitching change (yawn)
- Danny Valencia stepping in for the second time of the inning and flying out, which was finally the third out, but really the fifth out, what with the errors and all
- Another between half-inning stint
- And finally, the Twins taking the field
There's nothing that could've been done about that eighth inning; it's all baseball. And you certainly don't want to slow down your hitters when they're scoring runs. Plus, this pitching performance was certainly better than the real no-hitter he had earlier in the season.
It's just a shame that it wasn't meant to be.