Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Despite their famous streak of futility, the Pirates somehow haven’t been no-hit since Bob Gibson did it in 1971. That’s the second-longest active streak in the league, behind only the Cubs (go figure – not that it means anything). You’d think that with all the terrible lineups they’ve sent out and all the great pitchers they’ve faced, it would happen eventually. They HAVE come close. Tonight, they came about as close as it gets.

Justin Verlander has already thrown two no-hitters. He’s one of the best, if not the best pitcher in baseball at the moment. The Pirates’ lineup is a mess. People were calling a no-hitter before the game started, and they were perfectly justified in doing so.

Verlander came out dealing right away. He walked Neil Walker in the first, so the threat of a perfect game was gone quickly, but after that he retired 18 in a row before walking Andrew McCutchen in the seventh. The Bucs only hit a few balls hard – Josh Harrison and Walker had semi-well-struck flyouts. He struck out twelve and once he got into the seventh and started pumping 98+ with ridiculous breaking balls, you had to think the no-no was a sure thing.

In the ninth, with the crowd on its feet and the entire country tuned in,  Michael McKenry grounded out. That brought up Harrison, who waved horribly at two breaking balls in the dirt and looked hopeless. As he often does, though, J-Hay seemingly threw his hands towards the ball and slapped a soft liner into center to break up the no-hit bid. Amazing. It felt like a victory at the moment (for some, at least. Some were rooting for the no-no, which I suppose is acceptable when the game is well out of hand), but then two outs later the Bucs’ lost 6-0.

Charlie Morton was obviously out-pitched by his mound opponent, but it wasn’t one of his better games to begin with. He had a rough first, allowing two runs. After that he was able to battle through six innings, but allowed two more–which was more than enough to put the Tigers comfortably ahead. Chris Resop allowed two more runs in the seventh to make the final 6-0.

Tigers 6, Pirates 0 / Box / 2012 Record: 18-21 / Next: Saturday, at Tigers, 4:05

MVP: Lincoln (+.001) / LVP: Morton (-.150) / Key play: Cabrera’s first inning double

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacquiao to have surgery to repair 'significant' shoulder tear

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 1 against Rockets

Stephen Curry thanks father in touching MVP speech

Lawrence Taylor's son pleads guilty to statutory rape

49ers FB Bruce Miller charged with vandalism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN out of draft interview

Report: Some Colts players unhappy with first-round pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: Focus is on Julio Jones contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

Five overhyped NFL Draft storylines that didn't play out

WATCH: Chris Johnson wants to play for the Cowboys

WATCH: Chewbacca throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

WATCH: Kyrie Irving carves up Bulls' defense for layup

WATCH: Metallica goes Jimi Hendrix for national anthem

Brandon McCarthy shares disturbing info about himself

Ole Miss fan got pregnant because of upset over Alabama

Willie Cauley-Stein legally changes middle name to 'Trill'

Marcus Mariota welcomed to Tennessee with billboard

Five takeaways from the first round of the NBA playoffs

NFL has a Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents who could become NFL stars

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.