Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Justin Verlander pitched a game that was more characteristic of his prodigious early seasons’ starts, but which would not earn him the same feeling of penultimate triumph. The greatest single-game accomplishment for a pitcher in the MLB is to throw a perfect game, but the next best thing is to toss a no-hitter. Verlander had already done that twice in his career and a third would have put him in some truly remarkable company, as only six pitchers in the history of major league baseball have ever thrown at least three no-hitters. Sadly for Verlander, the Detroit Tigers and all of their almost 32,000 fans present Wednesday night, Justin would only make it through eight hitless innings before his chances would be obliterated by one fell, but unfortunately not foul, swoop. With only three outs standing between Verlander and his third no-hitter, it seemed to everyone in the stadium to be a near certainty, but all hopes and dreams would wilt and wither when Los Angeles Angels’ catcher Chris Iannetta smacked a sharp two-bagger literally onto the left field line. The small plume of chalk was all anyone needed to see before heads began hanging, but hang they did not until Verlander was offered a much-deserved ovation. Although this near-momentous occasion didn’t quite come to fruition, it was actually a high point in an otherwise lackluster Tigers’ season, and might just give them the necessary inspiration to pull it together.