Edwin Jackson was so wild early there was no reason to think he would even finish the game, forget throw the fourth no-hitter of the season. This being the Year of the Pitcher, though, anything was possible. Jackson made it happen, all right, throwing a whopping 149 pitches—the most in the majors in five years—leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory last night over his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
“It’s one of the craziest games I’ve had, especially the game starting off how it did. Not being able to find the strike zone with the fastball,” Jackson said. “Good thing I could throw the slider for strikes in any count. It just resurrected my game.” Jackson walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, but the Rays still were no-hit for the third time since last July, including Dallas Braden’s perfect game at Oakland on May 9. Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez no-hit Atlanta on April 17 and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29. Armando Galarraga lost his perfect game with two outs in the ninth on a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce.