Kevin Kiermaier: Beating the Odds

Kevin Kiermaier: Beating the Odds

The road to greatness is never easy.

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Tuesday, June 10. 2010. It was supposed to be one of the best days of Kevin Kiermaier’s life.

It was the second day of the MLB Draft, when rounds 2-30 were being held. “I had two outstanding years in college and everyone was telling me I would probably go between the 8th and 15th round,” Kevin explained. “So I had everyone come over, my friends and family, and we were all waiting for my name to be called.”

But the night didn’t go as planned. “So the 8th round passes… the 10th… the 15th… nothing. I thought ‘Okay, not where I want to be but it’s alright,’ Kevin said. “But then we get to the 20th round… 25th… 30th… and my name never got called.”

It was an excruciating wait.

MLB: The Year of the Pitcher Continues

MLB: The Year of the Pitcher Continues

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The last time as many no-hitters were thrown in a season, Matt Garza was just seven years old.

Monday, the central California native and former Fresno State Bulldog added his name to an exclusive list, a list that will surely be looked upon with admiration from the seven year old kids of today.

Matt Garza throws a no-hitter, first in Tampa Bay Rays history.Garza tossed a complete game no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers, missing a perfect game by only a walk in the second inning.

Garza faced the minimum amount of batters (27), after giving up a walk in the second inning to Brennan Boesch, Ryan Raburn grounded into a double play, maintaining to maintain the minimum amount of batters faced.

Garza’s no-hitter is the first in the history of the franchise. Until now the Rays, even as one of the top teams in the Major League Baseball this season, have always been on the losing side of the no-hitter coin. Even earlier this year, they were on the wrong side of Dallas Braden’s perfect game in May and were also no-hit by Arizona Diamondbacks hurler Edwin Jackson last month.

For Garza, who signed his first high-dollar contract before this season began, turned the tables on his last start, where he gave up 7 runs in just 6 1/3 innings. Monday, his pitching was precise. Garza struck out 6 and threw just 120 pitches total. There was only one at-bat that required some extraordinary defensive help from Ben Zobrist in right field. Zobrist made a leaping catch during the third inning that saved what became to be Garza’s best outing of the season.

Garza’s no-hitter not only will be written permanently in the Tampa Bay record books, the game ball will surely sit nicely next to Garza’s 2008 American League Championship Series MVP award in his own personal collection.

Will the “Year of the Pitcher” end at five no-hitters, or continue towards the seven that were recorded in 1991?

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