Rays, Tigers evoke 98-year-old Toney-Vaughn memories

James 'Hippo' Vaughn
James ‘Hippo’ Vaughn
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers seemed poised today to do something not seen around these parts in 98 years.

The Rays’ Chris Archer and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander kept everyone off the base paths through 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, getting through just over half of what the Chicago Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney completed in 1917.

Verlander lost his perfecto and no-hitter on a fifth-inning homer. Archer scuttled his chance at a perfect game on a one-out 7th-inning infield single. The Tigers took the game 2-1.

On Wednesday, May 2, 1917 at Weeghman Park, Vaughn and Toney each held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball. The game went to the 10th, and the Reds scored on a single, an error and a error on a swinging bunt. Toney got the no-no and the 1-0 victory, but Vaughn had to settle for a stellar performance that’s not recognized as an official no-hitter.

Syndergaard takes Mets’ perfecto into 7th

thorThe New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard retired the first 18 San Diego Padres he faced on Tuesday, losing his perfect game when Will Venable led off the seventh inning with a single.

The Mets rookie fireballer worked out of the seventh-inning jam to protect a 2-0 lead and ended the night throwing eight innings with no runs, three hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The Mets won 4-0 to pull within one game of the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East.

The other ‘Johan’ Santana’s no-hitter, 4 years ago today.

Johan Ramon “Ervin” Santana threw a Los Angeles Angels no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians four years ago today.

Santana, who took the new first name of Ervin in 2003 to avoid sharing the same name with the then Minnesota Twins pitcher, threw his gem on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 for a 3-1 win at Jacobs Field.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date, 130 years ago, is the Chicago White Stockings John Clarkson. Clarkson on Monday, July 27, 1885 no-hit the Providence Grays at Messer Street Grounds for a 4-0 victory.

Cole Hamels breaks Cubs’ 50-year no-hit streak

nonotriviaThe Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels threw the 13th no-hitter in team history, breaking the Chicago Cubs’ near 50-year streak of avoiding a no-hitter.

Hamels threw 128 pitches and walked two batters, securing the final out of his 5-0 win when center fielder Odubel Herrera slipped on a deep fly ball on the warning track yet gloved the ball at his feet.

It was Wrigley Field’s first no-no since Milt Pappas’ 1972 no-no, and the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs since 1965, when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game. The Cubs avoided the no-hitter for 7,920 games between the gems by Koufax and Hamels — a streak tracked diligently by @CubsNoHitStreak since 2012.

It was the fourth no-hitter caught by Carlos Ruiz, tying him with the Boston Red Sox’s Jason Varitek for most caught no-nos in the majors.

The Phillies now have thrown 13 no-hitters over the team’s history (see the list here). The Cubs have been no-hit seven times (see that list here).

Buehrle’s perfecto, 6 years ago today

27up27downSix years ago today, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game to become the only major league pitcher to toss three complete games while facing the minimum 27 batters.

Buehrle’s second effort was on April 18, 2007, when he no-hit the Texas Rangers. Buehrle had picked off Sammy Sosa from first after the designated hitter drew a fifth inning walk.

His lesser-known 27-up, 27-down performance was on July 21, 2004, when he threw a two-hit, 14-0 complete game against the Cleveland Indians. Buehrle was perfect through 6⅓ until Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the seventh. Vizquel was retired when Matt Lawton grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The next inning, pinch-hitter Tim Laker led off with a single, but Casey Blake doubled him up. Buehrle completed the effort, throwing just 90 pitches (67 for strikes).

I did some research on the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index and found that there have been 33 games in which a starter threw a complete game, faced the minimum 27 batters yet gave up at least one hit. Sixteen were one-hitters, 10 were two-hitters and six were three-hitters.

Only John Candalaria has accomplished this rare feat while yielding four hits. It happened on July 25, 1982, with Candalaria’s Pittsburgh Pirates facing the Atlanta Braves at Three Rivers Stadium.

Candalaria lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a one-out Rafael Ramirez single, but catcher Steve Nicosia threw him out on a steal attempt.

Bob Horner led off the second inning with a single to right, but Rufino Linares grounded into a 6-3 double-play. Horner also led off the eighth with a single to right, but this time Linares grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play.

Glenn Hubbard got the game’s fourth hit in the ninth with a lead-off infield single, but Bruce Benedict cleared the bases with a 6-4-3.

The most recent 27-up, 27-down with at least one hit was on May 29, 2014, when the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter threw a 3-hit 4-0 shutout against the Cincinnati Reds (a double and two singles paired with three double-plays).

Before that, the San Diego Padres’ Andrew Cashner faced the minimum 27 during his 2-0 one-hit complete game victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 16, 2013 at PNC Park. The no-no was broken up by Jose Tabata with a 7th-inning single to right, but Tabata was sent back to the dugout on a double-play.

Eason, Bunning and Singer threw no-hitters on this date

The Brooklyn Superbas’ Mal Eason, the Detroit Tigers’ Jim Bunning and the Los Angeles Dodgers Bill Singer all threw no-hitters on this date.

Eason threw his in 1906, no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-0 win at Robison Field.

Bunning in 1958 threw his first of two no-hitters, blanking the Boston Red Sox 3-0 during the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park.

On July 20, 1970, Bill Singer no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for a 5-0 win.

Indians’ Bosman no-hits A’s, 41 years ago today

The Cleveland Indians’ Dick Bosman threw a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics, 41 years ago today.

Bosman on Friday, July 19, 1974 shut down the A’s at Cleveland Stadium for a 4-0 win, striking out four while walking none. The Athletics’ only base runner came in the fourth inning, when Bosman’s errant throw on Sal Bando’s swinging bunt pulled first baseman Tommy McGraw off the bag.

Happy birthday to Browns no-no thrower Earl Hamilton

Happy 124th birthday to Earl Hamilton, who threw a 1912 no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns.

Hamilton on August 30, 1912 no-hit the Tigers for a 5-1 victory at Navin Field.

The Detroit ballpark hosted another no-hitter with the same teams just a month and a half earlier, but the roles were reversed. On July 4, 1912, the Tigers’ George Mullin, no-hit the Browns for a 7-0 win.

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