The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.
20. Ervin Santana’s no-hitter – July 27, 2011
It took 17 years, but Progressive Field saw its first no-hitter on July 27, 2011 (Forbes Field stood in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh for more than 60 years and never hosted an MLB no-hitter).
The bad news is that it was the Tribe that got no-hit. The Indians, still slugging it out for an American League playoff spot, were hosting the Angels in a getaway day matinee. Ervin Santana was on the bump for Anaheim. Santana had made his first career appearance against the Tribe on May 17, 2005. That day, he was roughed up pretty well, giving up the cycle to the first four hitters he faced: A triple to Grady Sizemore, a double to Coco Crisp, a single to Travis Hafner and a two-run home run to Ben Broussard (Crisp was called out trying to stretch the double into a triple).
But in 2011, he got his first win against the Indians in 10 career starts – and didn’t give up a hit to boot. Jason Kipnis came up for the Tribe in the bottom of the sixth and laced a grounder past Santana, but Howie Kendricks made a diving stop and threw Kipnis out at first on a bang-bang play.
It wasn’t a great outing for Santana, who allowed two baserunners, one of which scored. But it was the Angels’ first no-hitter since 1990 – and first no-hitter by one pitcher since Mike Witt’s perfect game in 1984. It was also the first no-hitter in Cleveland since Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981, and the first time the Tribe had been no-hit since Jim Abbott had done so in Yankee Stadium in 1993.
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