Ervin Santana made history Wednesday morning in Cleveland, as he struck out 10 Indians en route to the ninth no-hitter in Angels history, beating the Indians 3-1. You might notice that Santana gave up a run, which was unearned; if anyone could find a way to lose a no-hitter this year, it would be Santana, who entered the day at 5-8 despite a 3.69 ERA. Here's a look at the Angels no-hitters, from Bo Belinsky to Mark Langston and Mike Witt:
- May 5, 1962 - Bo Belisnky beat the Orioles 2-0 in the Angels' second season. It was the first ever no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, which housed the Angels from 1962 to 1965.
- July 3, 1970 - Clyde Wright beat the A's 4-0 at The Big A
- May 15, 1973 - Nolan Ryan beats the Royals 3-0, with 12 strikeouts
July 15, 1973 - Exactly two months after his first no-hitter, Ryan threw his second, beating the Tigers 6-0. This was the game during which Norm Cash of Detroit famously came to the plate with a table leg instead of a bat, saying he couldn't hit Ryan either way.
- September 28, 1974 - Ryan was at it again, beating the Twins 4-0. This was his first home no-hitter.
- June 1, 1975 - Ryan threw his fourth and final no-hitter for the Angels, beating Baltimore 1-0. Amazingly, Ryan would throw three more no-hitters in his career, with the final one coming 17 years later.
- September 30, 1984 - Mike Witt took advantage of the final day of the season and pitched a perfect game in Texas against the Rangers. Can't you just picture Rob Wilfong throwing the ball to Bobby Grich for the final out?
April 11, 1990 - Mark Langston made his first start as an Angel, and he made it count, with seven no-hit innings against Seattle, one of his former teams. Witt, six years after his perfect game, got the final six outs to complete the combined no-no.
Honorable mention: June 28, 2008 - Jered Weaver for six innings, and Jose Arredondo for two more, combined to allow no hits to the Dodgers. Unfortunately for the Angels, they allowed an unearned run and lost 1-0. Because the Angels only pitched eight innings in the complete game loss, they got no credit for the no-hitter.
Aside from Witt, Santana walked the fewest batters among the Angels no-hitters. Everyone else had three or more walks. Santana's was the fifth Angels no-hitter with 10 or more strikeouts, as Nolan Ryan did so three times and Mike Witt once.
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