Astros’ Valdez Becomes 2nd Pitcher in MLB History to Throw No-Hitter on 93 Pitches or Fewer

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Framber Valdez pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, becoming the first Astros pitcher to do so since Justin Verlander in 2019.

Valdez struck out 10 and walked one in his 93-pitch masterpiece. He threw 71 strikes, including 27 in a row at one point.

The Guardians had a chance to break up the no-hitter in the ninth inning. With one out, Steven Kwan hit a sharp line drive to right field that was caught by Kyle Tucker. Myles Straw then flew out to center field to end the game.

Valdez’s no-hitter was the 14th in Astros history and the first since Verlander’s perfect game against the Los Angeles Angels on May 1, 2019.

Valdez is the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter on 93 pitches or fewer. The only other pitcher to do it was Nolan Ryan, who threw a no-hitter for the Texas Rangers against the California Angels on May 1, 1991.

Valdez’s no-hitter was a dominant performance. He threw his fastball for strikes at an elite level, and he also mixed in a curveball and changeup to keep the Guardians off balance.

The Astros’ offense gave Valdez plenty of support, scoring four runs in the first inning. Michael Brantley had two hits and two RBIs, and Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run home run.

Valdez’s no-hitter was a historic performance, and it helped the Astros to a 4-0 victory over the Guardians. It was a great way for Valdez to start the season, and it is a sign of good things to come for the Astros.

Reaction

  • Dusty Baker, Astros manager: “It was a great performance. He was in control the whole time. He was mixing his pitches well, and he was throwing strikes. He was outstanding.”
  • Framber Valdez: “I’m just happy that I was able to help the team win. It was a great team effort.”
  • Michael Brantley: “He was really good. He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes. He was keeping us off balance.”
  • Yordan Alvarez: “He was amazing. He was throwing the ball really well. He was keeping the ball down, and he was making it really hard to hit.”

The big talking points

  • Valdez’s dominance: Valdez was dominant in his no-hitter. He threw 71 strikes, including 27 in a row at one point. He also struck out 10 and walked one.
  • The Astros’ offense: The Astros’ offense gave Valdez plenty of support, scoring four runs in the first inning. Michael Brantley had two hits and two RBIs, and Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run home run.
  • The significance of the no-hitter: Valdez’s no-hitter was the first by an Astros pitcher since Justin Verlander in 2019. It was also the 14th no-hitter in Astros history.

The next step

The Astros will continue their season on Thursday, when they face the Guardians again. Valdez is not scheduled to pitch in that game, but he will be looking to build on his no-hitter when he takes the mound again.

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