Young no-hits* Indians and loses, 23 years ago today

Today is the 23rd anniversary of Matt Young’s uncredited no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher threw eight innings of no-hit ball during the first game of a Sunday, April 12, 1992 doubleheader, but his team trailed 2-1 after the top of the ninth so there was no need for Young to take the mound for the bottom half of the ninth.

Leadoff walks in the first and third innings led to both no-hit runs.

In the first, the Indians’ Kenny Lofton walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a Luis Rivera error. In the third inning, Young walked Lewis, who eventually scored from third on a Carlos Baerga fielder’s choice.

The accomplishment is not really a no-hitter according to major league rules. You can view all of these near no-hitters on our Close, but no cigar: No-hitters not officially recognized page.

Young, who walked seven during the game, didn’t even bother to get the game ball.