Verlander (17-5) notched 14 strikeouts to lead Houston over Toronto 2-0, becoming just the sixth pitcher to throw at least three no-hitters during his career, joining an impressive club that boasts legendary names such as Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, and Cy Young himself.
“It means a lot,” Verlander said (h/t ESPN). “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know that. I’ve come so close. Since I’ve had two, I think I’ve blown two in the ninth and another couple in the eighth.
“I was definitely aware of the history aspect of it. Definitely a big hurdle to get over and a very special moment for me.”
“I guess I have to like this mound a lot now,” Verlander stated.
Verlander made reference to a lost no-hitter back in 2011, 2012, 2015, and back in May 2018, where he lost bids late in the game.
“I had memories of blowing a few in the past in the ninth inning, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about that,” Verlander said.
“I think my fastball had been good all day, it had really good life on it. My slider was a little bit inconsistent, so I think I would have kicked myself in the butt a little bit had I gotten beat on a bad one. Just kind of leaned on the fastball the last inning, I was able to get some outs.”