The pitch-count police are no doubt screaming.
I'm not. I can't. I'm too stunned to scream.
Another no-hitter? With eight walks? On 149 pitches?
Oh yeah, another no-hitter, and this time it's Edwin Jackson of the Diamondbacks, against the Rays, the team that traded him away a year and a half ago. It's the Rays, the team that has been the loser in two perfect games in the last 12 months, now losing an imperfect game.
And it really was 149 pitches, with eight walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch.
Yes, 149 pitches, the most anyone had thrown in a major-league game in almost five years (and the most anyone other than Livan Hernandez had thrown in more than six years). And the most anyone had thrown in a no-hitter in all the history that baseball-reference.com has recorded.
The pitch-count police are not going to like that. They're going to say that Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch was reckless, that he was putting Jackson's health at risk.
I'm not so sure about that. I'm not so sure that Hinch didn't help Jackson, by allowing him a night he'll never forget -- and, perhaps, a night that could help him understand how good he can be.
Jackson is talented enough that he made the American League All-Star team last year with the Tigers. But he's erratic enough that he has a 43-45 career record, inconsistent enough that the Rays basically wouldn't pitch him in the 2008 postseason, then traded him to the Tigers (who a year later traded him to Arizona).
Before Friday, he had completed two of 125 career starts. His lone shutout before this came in 2007, a season he began with eight straight losses and an 8.20 ERA.
Did I mention he's been inconsistent?
Anyway, Hinch has regularly allowed Jackson to throw more than 110 pitches, and twice before he's allowed him to go past the 120-pitch mark. Jackson is 26 years old, and he's already proven to be durable.
He has good enough stuff that it shouldn't be a total surprise that he could throw a no-hitter -- especially in this year where almost anyone can throw a no-hitter.
But a 149-pitch no-hitter, with eight walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch?
That is a surprise. A total surprise.
And I'm still too stunned to scream.