No hitter number five of the season belongs to Detroit pitcher Spencer Turnbull. It happened last night in Seattle against the Mariners in a 5-0 win. Turnbull, who led the big leagues with 17 losses two years ago, had never gone more than seven innings in any of his previous 49 starts over three seasons. The five no-hitters through May 18 match the 1917 season for the most in baseball history by that date.
Turnbull leaned on a fastball in the mid-90s and a biting slider to keep Seattle’s batters guessing. He also got a great defensive play from third baseman Jeimer Candelario in the seventh inning to rob Mitch Haniger of a possible hit, and then struck out Haniger in the ninth to end it.
Turnbull (3-2) fanned nine and walked two