No Rockies pitcher had ever thrown a no-hitter until Ubaldo Jimenez tossed the first no-no of 2010 on Saturday.
He wasn’t lights out — he walked six — but he struck out seven in handling Atlanta.
The Rockies franchise is 18 years old. They were overdue for a no-hitter.
Nine other noteworthy performances from Saturday:
Livan Hernandez — Not a single earned run has crossed the plate while Hernandez has been on the mound so far in 2010. He pitched a complete game four-hitter on Saturday. He walked two and struck out three to earn his second win.
Rick Ankiel — You hit a pair of homers, like Ankiel did Saturday, and you get on the top 10. Ankiel went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Howie Kendrick — Great all around day for Kendrick. He went 3-for-5, scored twice, drove in three, hit a homer and stole a base.
Tim Lincecum — Threw six shutout innings, striking out seven and walking two while allowing four hits. More impressively, Lincecum went 3-for-4 with three RBI. If pitcher batting stats counted, Lincecum would be worth a top five pick.
Ivan Rodriguez — Most of us had no problem writing off Rodriguez at the beginning of the season, but he’s making us regret it. Rodriguez is hitting .419 and went 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBI and a double on Saturday.
Johan Santana — One of the more notable performances from Saturday’s absolutely notable Mets-Cardinals tilt that lasted 20 innings came from Santana. The starter threw seven shutout innings, allowed four hits and struck out nine while walking one. Opposing starter Jaime Garcia also threw seven scoreless. Neither team scored until the 19th — when both scored, forcing a 20th inning.
Kevin Correia — Struck out eight and allowed three hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Correia had a very productive hot stretch last year and has a 3.12 ERA to go with a 1.15 WHIP.
Ichiro Suzuki — Missing the cycle by only a homer, Ichiro went 3-for-3 with two runs and his third stolen base of 2010.
Nick Hundley — In a 3-for-4 day, Hundley hit a solo homer and drove in two other runs. The Padres’ former second-round draft pick is available in 98% of Yahoo leagues and is hitting .308 this season with six runs and six RBI. He’s rated seventh among all catchers right now in standard 5x5s.