No-hitters have been in the news quite a bit this season, mainly since we've already seen six of the real McCoy, nine-inning variety, and those took place before the calendar even flipped over to June! That's a lot, but I think they're still super exciting, even as we can pretty much expect a few every year--especially if Texas, Cleveland, and Seattle keep getting victimized (two each this season). Tigers fans were even treated to a gem thanks to Spencer Turnbull, who no-hit Seattle last month.
But it hasn't been that long since Detroit was celebrating a guy twirling two such performances. Justin Verlander, a guy I sometimes talk about around here, dominated the Brewers in June of 2007, then the Blue Jays in May of 2011, to become only the second Tiger to double up on the historic feat with the franchise. Of course, he would also add a third in 2019, once again at the expense of Toronto, but that was as a member of the Astros. Super impressive, just not as cool since he'd been traded by then.
I definitely think about those two feats once in a while, especially since I have a newspaper front page poster celebrating the first one hanging on my wall in my "card room", meaning I see it every day. Still, I can't claim it was on my mind while I was flipping through Facebook Marketplace listings earlier this month and came across an interesting item:
the 4-0 win over Milwaukee on June 12, 2007. In the first no-hitter at relatively new Comerica Park, Verlander needed 112 pitches and struck out 12 Brewers (against four walks), with no hit batters or errors. A Brandon Inge solo shot in the third was the only run support he required, but Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco would contribute a pair of runs in the 6th, and Inge would cap the scoring with a 7th inning knock.