Framber Valdez celebrating his no-hitter Aug 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) celebrates with catcher Martin Maldonado (15) after completing a no-hitter against the Cleveland Guardians at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros faced off against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday, and it was a special day for Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez that certainly caught the attention of the MLB world.

Valdez came into the game off of perhaps the worst stretch of baseball in his career. In four starts in the month of July, he recorded a 7.29 ERA.

Expectations couldn’t have been that high for Valdez from most fans considering this poor stretch of play as of late. However, he produced the best game of the year for the Astros, dominating the Guardians and recording a perfect game on just 93 pitches.

The final out of the game came on a pop-up from Guardians catcher Cam Gallagher, and Valdez quickly ran in and shared an embrace with his catcher after the no-hitter was complete.

It was a great day for the Astros, who also re-acquired Justin Verlander in a trade with the New York Mets. But fans clearly thought this was the greatest feat of the day for the Astros.

Funny enough, the last no-hitter by a single pitcher in Astros history came from Verlander back in 2019, so it is extremely fitting for it to happen on the day he was traded back to his team.

Only one walk from Guardians designated hitter Oscar Gonzalez in the top of the fifth inning kept Valdez from a perfect game, which is a moment that he will surely regret.

Regardless, it was one of the most impressive no-hitters in recent memory, only taking 93 pitches to get through the game. Valdez’s 93-pitch no-hitter is the fewest in a no-hitter since David Cone in 1999.

With this win, the Astros now only trail the Texas Rangers for the American League West lead by only half a game.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.