Happy birthday America … and George Mullin

It’s America’s birthday, and it’s also the 135th birthday of the Detroit Tigers’ George Mullin, who was born on July 4 and threw a no-hitter on July 4.

Mullin, born July 4, 1880, threw a no-hitter on his 32nd birthday — July 4, 1912 — during the second game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns at Navin Field. The Tigers won 7-0.

Also throwing an Independence Day no-hitter is the New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse, who no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 1-0 win in the first game of a July 4, 1908 doubleheader. Wiltse was perfect through 26 batters at the Polo Grounds before hitting George McQuillen with a pitch to kill the perfect game. He finished with a 10-inning no-hitter.

Tigers’ Sanchez takes no-no into eighth

We had another no-hitter broken up in the latter innings on Friday, as the Detroit Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez took a no-no against the Toronto Blue Jays into the eighth inning.

Former Tiger Ezequiel Cabrera broke up the bid with a one-out single to left field. The Blue Jays went on to score six runs in the inning, but the Tigers held on an 8-6 victory.

Sanchez in 2006 threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 at Pro Player Stadium. His feat broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s 2006 no-no reaching 6,364.

Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):

8⅔ Shelby Miller
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
8⅔ Carlos Carrasco
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Spoiler: Joey Butler, single to right over the head of second baseman with two out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 8, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Florida)
8⅓ Trevor Bauer (6 inn)
Kyle Crockett (1 inn)
Scott Atchinson (1 inn)
Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center off Nick Hagadome with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
7⅓ Chad Bettis
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoiler: Cody Asche, one-out single to left with shift deployed in the eighth inning
Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
7⅓ Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Spoiler: Logan Forsythe, infield single with one out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 1, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
7⅓ Anibal Sanchez
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Friday, July 3, 2015
Spoiler: Ezequiel Cabrera, one-out single to left field in the eighth inning
Detroit Tigers 8, Toronto Blue Jays 6
Comerica Park (Detroit)
7 Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Friday, June 19, 2015
Spoiler: Jimmy Paredes broken-bat bloop single to left with no out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
7 Chris Young (5 inn)
Ryan Madson (2 inn)
Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left off Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
7 Sonny Gray
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
6⅔ Corey Kluber
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
6⅔ Mike Leake
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Spoiler: Maikel Franco, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
6⅓ Garrett Richards
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
6⅓ Cody Anderson
  Cleveland Indains (AL)
  Monday, June 29, 2015
Spoiler: Grady Sizemore, one-out home run in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 7, Tampa Bay 1
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
6⅓ Chris Young
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Spoiler: Trevor Plouffe, one-out triple to right in the seventh inning
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 0
Target Field (Minneapolis)
6⅓ Chase Anderson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 2015
Spoiler: Buster Posey, one-out comebacker that struck Anderson and dribbled for a single in the seventh inning
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6⅓ Mike Montgomery
  Seattle Mariners (AL)
  Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Spoiler: Yangervis Solarte, one-out double to left in the seventh inning
Seattle Mariners 1, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
6 Madison Bumgarner
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Max Scherzer
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunsday, June 14, 2015
Spoiler: Carlos Gomez, bloop single over the second baseman to lead off the seventh inning
Washington Nationals 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Miller Park (Milwaukee)
6 Michael Pineda
  New York Yankees (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Spoiler: Christian Yelich, solo home run to right center to lead off the seventh inning
New York Yankees 2, Miami Marlins 1
Yankee Stadium (New York)

Indians flirt with no-hitter against Rays for 2nd time in 3 days

The Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays through 8 2/3 innings Wednesday night before giving up a ninth-inning, two-out single to Joey Butler.

Carrasco walked just one batter through eight, then issued a leadoff walk and a hit batsman in the ninth. Carrasco got the next batter on a fielder’s choice and out No. 2 on a strikeout before working an 0-2 count to Butler.

He lined the ball over the head of a jumping Logan Forsythe, killing the no-no.

Just two days earlier, the Indians’ took a perfect game against the Rays into the seventh inning before giving up a one-out home run to Grady Sizemore.

The last Indians no-hitter was a perfect game thrown against the Toronto Blue Jays by Len Barker on May 15, 1981. The last no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays was a perfect game thrown by the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez on August 15, 2012.

25th anniversary of Stewart/Valenzuela no-nos

Twenty five years ago today, the Oakland Athletics’ Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzula threw no-hitters on the same day.

In a day game at Toronto’s Skydome, Stewart no-hit the Blue Jays for a 5-0 victory for the A’s.

Valenzuela watched part of that game in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse before promising to his teammates that he would do the same that night. Living up to his word, Valenzuela no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 6-0 victory.

It marked only the second time that no-hitters were thrown on the same day. The other two were back in 1898:

37 Ted Breitenstein
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Friday, April 22, 1898
Cincinnati Reds 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
League Park (Cincinnati)
38 Jim Jay Hughes
  Baltimore Orioles (NL)
  Friday, April 22, 1898
Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Beaneaters 0
Union Park (Baltimore)

Indians’ Anderson loses perfecto in seventh

The Cleveland Indians’ Cody Anderson threw a perfect game through 6⅓ innings Monday before losing it on a Grady Sizemore home run.

Anderson, in just his second major league start, gave up just two hits in eight innings of work as the Indians topped the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 at Tropicana Field.

Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):

8⅔ Shelby Miller
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
8⅓ Trevor Bauer (6 inn)
Kyle Crockett (1 inn)
Scott Atchinson (1 inn)
Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center off Nick Hagadome with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
7⅓ Chad Bettis
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoiler: Cody Asche, one-out single to left with shift deployed in the eighth inning
Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
7⅓ Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Spoiler: Logan Forsythe, infield single with one out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 1, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
7 Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Friday, June 19, 2015
Spoiler: Jimmy Paredes broken-bat bloop single to left with no out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
7 Chris Young (5 inn)
Ryan Madson (2 inn)
Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left off Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
7 Sonny Gray
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
6⅔ Corey Kluber
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
6⅔ Mike Leake
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Spoiler: Maikel Franco, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
6⅓ Garrett Richards
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
6⅓ Cody Anderson
  Cleveland Indains (AL)
  Monday, June 29, 2015
Spoiler: Grady Sizemore, one-out home run in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 7, Tampa Bay 1
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
6⅓ Chris Young
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Spoiler: Trevor Plouffe, one-out triple to right in the seventh inning
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 0
Target Field (Minneapolis)
6⅓ Chase Anderson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 2015
Spoiler: Buster Posey, one-out comebacker that struck Anderson and dribbled for a single in the seventh inning
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Madison Bumgarner
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Max Scherzer
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunsday, June 14, 2015
Spoiler: Carlos Gomez, bloop single over the second baseman to lead off the seventh inning
Washington Nationals 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Miller Park (Milwaukee)
6 Michael Pineda
  New York Yankees (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Spoiler: Christian Yelich, solo home run to right center to lead off the seventh inning
New York Yankees 2, Miami Marlins 1
Yankee Stadium (New York)

Scherzer flirts with 2nd no-no

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer flirted with history tonight, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning in his first start since his no-hitter.

Scherzer gave up a one-out double to Freddy Galvis, ending his chance at duplicating Johnny Vander Meer’s feat.

Vander Meer’s first was on Saturday, June 11, 1938, as he led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 no-hit victory at Crosley Field over the Boston Bees (Braves). His second, 77 years ago tomorrow, came in the first night game at Ebbets Field. On Wednesday, June 15, 1938, he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 6-0 win.

Stieb-esque Estrada loses second straight no-hit bid

Could the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada become the next Dave Stieb?

For the second straight start, Estrada took a no-hitter bid into the eighth inning, getting the first out Wednesday before Logan Forsythe tagged him for an infield single.

On Friday, Estrada lost one against the Orioles with no out in the eighth.

Stieb, who finally got a no-no for the Blue Jays after four missed opportunities, lost no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth in back-to-back starts in September 1998.

Here are the deepest near no-nos of the 2015 season (minimum six innings):

8⅔ Shelby Miller
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
8⅓ Trevor Bauer (6 inn)
Kyle Crockett (1 inn)
Scott Atchinson (1 inn)
Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center off Nick Hagadome with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
7⅓ Chad Bettis
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoiler: Cody Asche, one-out single to left with shift deployed in the eighth inning
Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
7⅓ Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Spoiler: Logan Forsythe, infield single with one out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 1, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)
7 Marco Estrada
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Friday, June 19, 2015
Spoiler: Jimmy Paredes broken-bat bloop single to left with no out in the eight inning
Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
7 Chris Young (5 inn)
Ryan Madson (2 inn)
Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left off Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
7 Sonny Gray
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
6⅔ Corey Kluber
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
6⅔ Mike Leake
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Spoiler: Maikel Franco, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
6⅓ Garrett Richards
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
6⅓ Chris Young
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Spoiler: Trevor Plouffe, one-out triple to right in the seventh inning
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 0
Target Field (Minneapolis)
6⅓ Chase Anderson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 2015
Spoiler: Buster Posey, one-out comebacker that struck Anderson and dribbled for a single in the seventh inning
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Madison Bumgarner
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Max Scherzer
  Washington Nationals (NL)
  Sunsday, June 14, 2015
Spoiler: Carlos Gomez, bloop single over the second baseman to lead off the seventh inning
Washington Nationals 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Miller Park (Milwaukee)
6 Michael Pineda
  New York Yankees (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Spoiler: Christian Yelich, solo home run to right center to lead off the seventh inning
New York Yankees 2, Miami Marlins 1
Yankee Stadium (New York)

Wise hits 2 homers in no-no, 44 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Rick Wise became the only major league pitcher to hit two home runs during his own no-hitter, 44 years ago today.

On Wednesday, June 23, 1971, Wise no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium for a 4-0 win – and he drove in three of those runs. Wise was protecting a 1-0 lead when he hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He followed it up with a solo shot in the eighth.

Four other major league pitchers have hit single home runs while throwing a no-hitter. Here they are:

13 of 287 Frank Mountain
  Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
  Thursday, June 5, 1884
Columbus Buckeyes 12, Washington Nationals 0
Capitol Grounds (Washington, D.C.)
101 of 287 Wes Ferrell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, April 29, 1931
Cleveland Indians 9, St. Louis Browns 0
League Park (Cleveland)
112 of 287 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
145 of 287 Earl Wilson
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)

Brooklyn’s Lovett no-hits Giants, 124 years ago today

Tom Lovett
Tom Lovett
The Brooklyn Grooms’ Tom Lovett threw a no-hitter against the New York Giants, 124 years ago today.

Or, as the New York Sun put it, Lovett “accomplished a feat that would make any pitcher who ever rubbed dirt on a new ball feel as hilarious as a steer in a vegetable garden.” (I love these old newspaper accounts!)

Lovett on Monday, June 22, 1891 allowed no hits and walked just three as the Grooms topped the Giants 4-0 at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The Giants’ hitters tried bunting, pushing, chopping and “even held their bats motionless” to no avail.

“Lovett’s delivery was basely deceptive,” said the Sun. “He had perfect control, and used a drop curve with telling effect.”

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