Pedro’s 9 perfect innings, 21 years ago today

Pedro Martinez's ball from his uncredited no-no in the Hall of Fame.
Pedro Martinez’s no-no ball
Pedro Martinez threw nine perfect innings but lost the no-no in the 10th, 21 years ago tonight. (Thanks to Dick Enberg for reminding me of this anniversary!)

On June 3, 1995, Martinez retired every San Diego Padres batter he faced, but his Expos couldn’t score a run so it headed for extra innings. The Expos managed to bring a runner home in the top of the tenth, but Martinez gave up a lead-off double in the bottom half of the inning and Mel Rojas was brought in to retire the final three batters. The 1-0 victory is not considered a no-hitter.

Martinez’s near-perfect game is one of 12 performances by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings. A narrow definition of the no-hitter adopted in 1991 keeps Martinez and the others out of the exclusive no-no club.