9:57 p.m. June 25, 2010
Former Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter in the 1-0 win for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Tampa Bay Rays, one of Jackson’s other former teams.
It wasn’t the prettiest no-hitter, though. Jackson walked eight batters and hit another en route to the fourth no-hitter of the season. Of his 149 pitches, only 79 were strikes.
“I didn’t pay attention to the pitch count at the end; I didn’t want it on my mind,” Jackson said.
Jackson was so wild and the pitch count unusually high that the Diamondbacks had relievers warming up from the sixth inning on.
“It’s one of those moments where you’re just caught up in the moment. 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.”
Adam LaRoche homered off Jeff Niemann (6-2) with one out in the second, all the support Jackson would need.
Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006-08. His only other shutout in 126 career starts came for Tampa Bay in 2007.
Jackson was hit with a pie in the face by a teammate as he was doing an on-field interview.
“It was definitely a great feeling, especially after those first few innings. … After the fifth I looked up and said ’Wow’ there’s no hits.’” Jackson said.
“It’s one of those bittersweet moments. You throw a no hitter and it’s against your old team,” Jackson added. “At least it’s with a crowd that you’ve had accomplishment with and you can do in front of someone who will appreciate it.”
Jackson (5-6) pitched for the Tigers last season after Detroit acquired him in a trade from Tampa Bay. He pitched an inning — only four pitches to be exact — in the 2009 All-Star Game. This past off-season, the Tigers sent the 26-year-old to Arizona as a part of the three-team deal that yielded Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Max Scherzer for Detroit.
This both Dallas Braden (May 9) and Roy Halladay (May 29) have already thrown perfect games this season. Ubaldo Jimenez has a no-hitter this season (April 27). Braden gem was thrown against the Rays as well.
Edwin Jackson was born on September 9th, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Jackson
September 9th, 1983
9 + 9 +1+9+8+3 = 39 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Perfect.
9 + 9 +2+0+0+9 = 29 = his personal year (from September 9th, 2009 to September 8th, 2010) = Self-confidence. Teamwork.
29 year + 6 (June) = 35 = his personal month (from June 9th, 2010 to July 8th, 2010) = Perseverance. Endurance. Stamina. Never giving up.
35 month + 25 (25th of the month on Friday June 25th, 2010) = 60 = his personal day = Out of the ordinary.