Sunday, August 7, 2011

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 43 pitchers have thrown no-hitters since 1991. Of those 43 pitchers, only one other pitcher besides Ervin Santana has thrown a complete game win after throwing the no-hitter.

No-hitters are truly magical events. As Clyde Wright, the Angels' great who threw a no-hitter says, "it's the only thing in baseball where you can say 'I did that.'" For his performance, Santana was named the American League's Co-Player of the Week. sat down with Santana the day after he threw his complete game win to find out what it was like to throw a no-hitter.

Click below to listen to our interview with Ervin Santana.

If there is one thing that Mike Scioscia stresses more than anything else, it's the importance of the pitcher/catcher relationship. After catching a no-hitter and a complete game win, it's safe to assume that there's something special going on right now with Santana and Wilson.

As a catcher, Wilson has had experience with a no-hitter. Nearly two years prior to catching Santana's no-hitter, Wilson caught Sean O'Sullivan's no-hitter at Triple-A Salt Lake. Still, there's nothing quite like catching a Major League no-hitter. caught up with Bobby Wilson to find out a bit more about what is clicking with him and Santana and what he is working on to improve himself behind the plate.

Click below to listen to our interview with Bobby Wilson.

As mentioned, after the no no, the next time Santana paired up with his battery mate Bobby Wilson, Ervin pitched a complete game, giving up just one run while striking out seven Twins' batters to get the win. Wilson and Santana most definitely have something special and this afternoon they pair up again against the Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez in hopes keeping pace or tying the Rangers for 1st place the AL West.
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