The Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez no-hit the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night, walking just one while facing the minimum 27 batters.
Valdez’s 93-pitch gem, which resulted in a 2-0 victory at Minute Maid Park, marked the 16th no-no for a franchise that joined the majors in 1962 (that’s an average of one every four years!).
The Astros have three of the majors’ last five no-hitters, through Valdez’s accomplishment marked the team’s first single-pitcher effort since the 2019 one thrown by Justin Verlander. Valdez is Houston’s first southpaw to accomplish the task.
It was the 15th no-hitter thrown against Cleveland’s American League franchise but the first under its relatively new “Guardians” moniker.
The Guardians’ only baserunner was Oscar Gonzalez — who walked in the fifth inning — but he was retired on a double play.