05/03/12 2:31 AM ET
Twins tip their caps to Weaver after no-hitter
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
And it's especially no fun when a historic no-hitter is the low point to an already frustrating season for the Twins, who are a Major League-worst 6-18 after their 9-0 loss.
The offense was simply dominated by Angels ace Jered Weaver, who allowed only two men to reach base. Chris Parmelee reached on a passed ball on a strikeout in the second inning, and Josh Willingham walked with two outs in the seventh to end a string of 15 batters retired.
"He was doing everything," center fielder Denard Span said. "He kept us off balance. He changed speeds. He's definitely a different pitcher when he's at home with the ball coming out of those rocks in center field. He had everything going tonight. So you have to tip your cap to him."
Wednesday's game marked just the fifth time the Twins have been held hitless, and the first since David Wells threw a perfect game against them at Yankee Stadium on May 17, 1998.
To put that in perspective, Carl Pavano is the only current member of the Twins who was even in the big leagues that year, and it was his rookie season with the Montreal Expos.
"It's just one of those things where you have to tip your cap to him," said Parmelee, who was only 10 the last time the Twins were no-hit. "We hit some balls hard, but some went foul. It's just the way it goes sometimes. He did a real good job. Nobody wants to get no-hit. So it's one of those things where we have an off-day, and then we'll get them in Seattle."
The Twins never really had much of a chance against Weaver, and only got close to reaching base a few times. Jamey Carroll came closest to a hit when he laid down a bunt in the third inning, but he was thrown out on a nice play by third baseman Mark Trumbo. Other than that, it was mostly foul balls that just missed staying fair, such as Trevor Plouffe's long foul ball in the eighth.
Alexi Casilla hit the ball hard on the last play of the game, but it was corralled by Torii Hunter in deep right field to preserve Weaver's first career no-no.
"He was missing good," Casilla said, "and he was throwing strikes. I think the key for him was location. A lot of first-pitch strikes. I think we have to put a better effort on the field, too. Because we are a good team."
The Twins didn't receive a similar performance from their starter, as rookie right-hander Liam Hendriks allowed six runs on nine hits over a career-worst 2 1/3 innings.
The rough outing was made worse by the fact that Weaver was so dominant.
"He threw extremely well," Hendriks said. "He battled and he threw well and he challenged guys. It's one of those games where it's frustrating from our end. He threw well, and at the same time, we didn't. I didn't start the game off well. And I'm frustrated with myself because I know I'm better than that. It's irritating, because I feel like I'm trying too hard instead of just letting it out, like I have in the past."