Although this has absolutely nothing to do with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it is still a major accomplishment in the Bay area. Matt Garza, a former first round pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2005, pitched the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays’ history. The feat was the fifth of it’s kind this season, which hasn’t happened since 1991. Garza joins the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay (both Braden and Halladay threw perfect games).
Garza just missed the perfect game, allowing just one walk, which occurred in the second inning. At the beginning of the game, Garza utilized his fastball, but towards the end of the game, he brought out his breaking ball more often.
It’s also worth noting that the Tampa Bay Rays are used to seeing no-hitters and even perfect games…but not for them. Since last July, the Rays have been victim to three hitless games, including two perfect games.
The Pewter Plank would like to congratulate Matt Garza on his well respected accomplishment, and for bringing some attention back to the Bay area.