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Only days before Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire admitted that the team was “talking about [its] options” with the struggling left hander. Presumably, last night’s performance put an end to that discussion.

Liriano joined Cliff "Lefty Chambers" as the only pitcher to walk four more batters than he struckout while pitching a no-hitter.

At the risk of throwing cold water on what is a remarkable accomplishment under any circumstances, it should be noted that Liriano’s no-hitter wasn’t as overpowering as you might expect. For example, the Twins’ lefty walked six batters, while striking out only two. The only other no-hitter to feature four more walks than strikeouts was thrown by the Pirates’ Lefty Chambers (eight bases on balls and four strikeouts) against the Boston Braves on May 6, 1951.

Liriano’s no-hitter also tied Lefty Chambers for the lowest game score (a statistic devised by Bill James to assess the overall quality of a pitcher’s performance) among all pitchers who have thrown a complete game without surrendering a hit. What’s more, Liriano’s game score of 83 only ranks 13th among all performances turned in so far this season.

No-Hitters with the Lowest Game Score, Since 1919

Player Date Tm Opp IP H R BB SO GSc
Francisco Liriano 5/3/2011 MIN CHW 9 0 0 6 2 83
Lefty Chambers 5/6/1951 PIT BSN 9 0 0 8 4 83
Ken Holtzman 8/19/1969 CHC ATL 9 0 0 3 0 84
George Culver 7/29/1968 CIN PHI 9 0 1 5 4 84
Joe Cowley 9/19/1986 CHW CAL 9 0 1 7 8 84
Edwin Jackson 6/25/2010 ARI TBR 9 0 0 8 6 85
A.J. Burnett 5/12/2001 FLA SDP 9 0 0 9 7 85
Jim Abbott 9/4/1993 NYY CLE 9 0 0 5 3 85
Steve Busby 4/27/1973 KCR DET 9 0 0 6 4 85
Clyde Wright 7/3/1970 CAL OAK 9 0 0 3 1 85

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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