Matt Garza threw a no-hitter on Monday night, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0. But it was more than a personal milestone – it was the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays franchise history. It was also the fifth one in major league baseball this season.
The Rays’ pitching staff was due for a no-hitter – the team has been held hitless themselves three times in just the past year. Two of those three games since July 2009 were perfect games.
“We needed one. I don’t care who it came from. We just needed one for our own confidence,” Garza told the media. “The guys are just as excited as I am. It’s fun.”
Garza improved his record to 11-5 on the season, after having a very poor outing last time out. The 11 wins ties a career-best for victories for the 26-year-old right-hander.