The AL Central elite were all in action on Monday night, but while the Twins and White Sox both had double-digit hits and easy wins the Tigers had no hits in a 5 – 0 loss to the Rays. That’s right, the big news of the night is not another dominate performance by John Danks going eight strong innings with one run or Joe Mauer going 5-for-5 with a home run, a double, seven RBI’s and three runs, no it’s Matt Garza becoming the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history and it will be in the books against the Tigers!
Not only did Garza throw a no-hitter but he faced the minimum after the Tigers grounded into a double play after a walk. It was the fifth no-hitter of the season and it helped the White Sox take a three game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. The Sox will only hold on to a one game lead over the Twins as the Twins are currently beating the Royals 19-0 in the bottom of the eight inning.
Danks and the White Sox bested King Felix and the Mariners 6 -1 at US Cellular Field this evening with timely hitting and great pitching. Felix Hernandez did not have his best stuff this evening and the Sox were able to take advantage by scoring four runs including Paul Konerko’s 22nd home run of the season. The score would have been even worse if Ichiro Suzuki had not jumped over the wall to rob Mark Kotsay of his seventh home run of the season. It didn’t matter and the Sox were able to gain some ground on at least one of their main adversaries this evening.