Playbook's no-hitter pics (now with Cain!)
June, 14, 2012
By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesIn 2005, zero major league baseball pitchers threw no-hitters.
Since then -- including Wednesday night's perfect game from Matt Cain -- 22 no-hitters have been thrown.
We won't speculate as to why -- better pitching, lesser hitting, statistical anomaly, sun/scoreboard lights in lots of eyes.
We'll just show you shots from each no-hitter.
San Francisco Giants -- vs. Houston Astros; June 13, 2012
Missy Mikulecky/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThe board says it all: Wednesday night's performance was a San Francisco first.Seattle Mariners
Kevin Millwood, 6 IP; Charlie Furbush, 2/3 IP; Stephen Pryor, 1/3 IP; Lucas Luetge, 1/3 IP; Brandon League, 2/3 IP; Tom Wilhelmsen, 1 IP -- vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; June 8, 2012
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonCatcher Jesus Montero, center, celebrates with teammates, including Wilhelmsen, left.
New York Mets -- vs. St. Louis Cardinals; June 1, 2012
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesSantana's no-hitter was the New York Mets' first-ever.
Los Angeles Angels -- vs. Minnesota Twins; May 2, 2012
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Seattle Mariners; April 21, 2012 (perfect game)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesHumber who? Humber the perfect-game pitcher, that's who.
Los Angeles Angels -- vs. Cleveland Indians; July 27, 2011
Eric P. Mull/US PresswireNaturally, Humber wasn't the first to feel the cool splash of no-hitter triumph.
Detroit Tigers -- vs. Toronto Blue Jays; May 7, 2011
AP Photo/Darren CalabreseAlex Avila helps Verlander celebrate, but it wasn't the pitcher's first hit-free rodeo.
Minnesota Twins -- vs. Chicago White Sox; May 3, 2011
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastLiriano posing in front of White Sox logos, just so you won't forget who he no-hit.
Philadelphia Phillies -- vs. Cincinnati Reds; October 6, 2010 (Game 1 of NLDS)
Howard Smith/US PresswireHalladay and catcher Carlos Ruiz share a moment, but we might have seen this sight before ...
Tampa Bay Rays -- vs. Detroit Tigers; July 26, 2010
AP Photo/Mike CarlsonGarza's Rays had been no-hit far too much, so he had to do something about it.
Arizona Diamondbacks -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; June 25, 2010
Philadelphia Phillies -- vs. Florida Marlins; May 29, 2010 (perfect game)
AP Photo/Wilfredo LeeYep, Halladay and Ruiz had done the no-hitter celebration thing before.
Oakland Athletics -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; May 9, 2010 (perfect game)
Colorado Rockies -- vs. Atlanta Braves; April 17, 2010
AP Photo/Gregory SmithBut here's the real question: Would a no-hitter have felt even better at 5,280 feet?
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; July 23, 2009 (perfect game)
Jerry Lai/US PresswireThis perfect game needs two photos -- first this amazing, late catch from DeWayne Wise.
Jerry Lai/US Presswire... and here's Buehrle's reaction. Years later, it's still a wow.
San Francisco Giants -- vs. San Diego Padres; July 10, 2009
Missy Mikulecky/Getty ImagesSanchez might not be a household name, but he sure put Padres hitters down on this night.
Chicago Cubs -- vs. Houston Astros; September 14, 2008
Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCTThe fiery Zambrano celebrated extra after this neutral-site no-hitter (Miller Park in Milwaukee).
Boston Red Sox -- vs. Kansas City Royals; May 19, 2008
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesLester's no-hitter was one of four catcher Jason Varitek received in his career.
Boston Red Sox -- vs. Baltimore Orioles; September 1, 2007
AP Photo/Winslow Townson... as was this one from Buchholz.
Detroit Tigers -- vs. Milwaukee Brewers; June 12, 2007
AP Photo/Duane BurlesonYep, we had seen Verlander on the no-hitter list before.
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Texas Rangers; April 18, 2007
Ron Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThis guy, too.
Florida Marlins -- vs. Arizona Diamondbacks; September 6, 2006
AP Photo/Wilfredo LeeThe first guy on this list, Sanchez is still getting it done for the Marlins (now Miami).Source: Baseball-reference.com