For the second consecutive year, baseball has ended the regular season with a no-hitter.
Jordan Zimmermann tossed the Washington Nationals’ first no-no since the franchise’s move to the nation’s capital, finishing the gem on a diving catch by the Nats’ Steven Souza Jr.
Souza, a rookie outfielder inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth, chased down a two-out deep fly ball to left center and made the grab near the warning track for the game’s final out. Teammates mobbed Zimmermann, who struck out 10 batters and issued just a single walk for the 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.
The losing pitcher was Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-no for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 regular season. That game ended on a rare walk-off wild-pitch.
Although it was the first no-hitter for the Nationals, the franchise did record four no-hitters north of the border as the Montreal Expos:
Bill Stoneman, April 17, 1969, against the Philadelphia Phillies
Stoneman, Oct. 2, 1972 (game one of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
Charlie Lea, May 10, 1981 (game two of doubleheader), against the San Francisco Giants
Dennis Martinez, July 28, 1991, a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who pitched for the San Diego Padres in 1978 and 1979, threw his only career no-hitter 46 years ago today.
Perry, a San Francisco Giants starter with a reputation for doctoring the baseball, had an impressive 2.45 ERA during the 1968 season but run support obviously was an issue as that yielded him just a 16-15 record.
Perry would need just one run of support on Sept. 17, 1968, courtesy of a Ron Hunt first-inning homer, as he no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 victory at Candlestick Park. Another eventual Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson, took the loss in that game despite yielding just four hits and a walk over his eight innings of work.
Perry seemed to get better with age over his storied 22-year career. After being dealt before the 1978 season by the Texas Rangers to the Padres for Dave Tomlin and $125,000 cash, Perry won his second Cy Young award with a 21-6 record and a 2.73 ERA. Perry also pitched for the Padres in the 1979 season before he was sent back to Texas.
As the Padres’ no no-hitter count reaches 7,316 games today (Domonic Brown tagged Ian Kennedy in the second for a homer), we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Andrew Cashner’s first of his two one-hitters.
Cashner was holding the Pittsburgh Pirates without a base runner through six innings on Sept. 16, 2013, but José Tabata led off the seventh inning with a single. Tabata was sent back to the dugout on a double play, and Cashner finished the game with as a 2-0 one-hit shutout, facing the minimum 27 batters. He walked none, and the Padres played flawlessly behind him.
Cashner’s second one-hitter was on April 11 of the season, a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
For the second day in a row, the Padres can celebrate an anniversary of an opposing pitcher’s no-hitter.
The Padres on Sept. 3, 2001, had barely gotten over getting no-hit by A.J. Burnett a few months earlier when a 21-year-old rookie southpaw named Bud Smith notched another against San Diego, this one in Qualcomm Stadium.
Smith was making his 11th career start and had never lasted past the seventh inning, but he stayed on the mound long enough in this contest to accomplish the rare feat by striking out seven and walking four for the 4-0 victory. Smith’s career lasted just one more year, as he finished with a 7-8 record and 4.95 ERA.
42 years ago today, on Sept. 2, 1972, the Chicago Cubs’ Milt Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, becoming the only pitcher in MLB history to lose a perfect game on the 27th batter but still get a no-hitter.
Pappas retired the first 26 Padres he faced and was one out away from a perfect game with a 3-2 count on pinch-hitter Larry Stahl when home plate umpire Bruce Froemming called a ball to issue the base on balls. Pappas started yelling at Froemming and nearly got kicked out of the game.
“I’ve got a call, and I’m not a fan. I’m an umpire,” Froemming told the MLB Network’s Bob Costas.
Pappas managed to get pinch-hitter Garry Jestadt to pop out to second to complete the no-no, an 8-0 victory.
It’s labor day, so no major league baseball pitcher should have to throw a no-hitter without a little help from his co-workers.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels no-hit the Atlanta Braves for 6 innings, and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each contributed with an inning each, as the Phillies tossed a 7-0 combined no-hitter against the Braves at Turner Field on Monday.
The last Phillies no-no was in the 2010 postseason, when Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series.
As the major league Padres’ no no-hitter count hits 7,300 games today, we celebrate a 76-year anniversary for the Pacific Coast League club. On Aug. 30, 1938, the San Diego Padres’ Dick Ward threw 12 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Los Angeles Angels in a game that the Padres eventually won 1-0 in 16 innings.
Ward, a right-handed starter for the PCL Padres, lost his no-hitter in the 13th inning on an Eddie Mayo single. The only other hit yielded by Ward at Lane Field was a 14th-inning single by Charles English, according to the United Press account. Ward walked four, and the Padres committed three errors during the marathon contest.
The Angels’ Ray Prim also pitched the distance and didn’t yield the game’s sole run until the 16th inning.
41 years ago today, Knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.
The Aug. 5, 1973 game at Atlanta Stadium marked the Braves franchise’s first no-hitter since moving from Milwaukee. Niekro walked three and struck out four, and the AP’s account of the game said that all of the plays behind him were routine. Niekro went exclusively with the knuckleball in the ninth inning and finished it out by getting Cito Gaston to ground out to third.
The final score was Atlanta Braves 9, San Diego Padres 0.
Of the three baseball rare feats – the no-hitter, the hit-for-the-cycle and the triple play – the San Diego Padres are void of two. But despite still seeking the club’s first no-hitter and hit-for-cycle, the Padres have turned seven triple plays during their 45 years of existence, and the second occurred 43 years ago today.
Clay Kirby was protecting a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning at San Diego Stadium on Aug. 1, 1971 when he gave up a leadoff single to the Atlanta Braves’ Earl Williams. Williams reached second on a wild pitch before Kirby walked Hal King, bringing Oscar Brown to the plate.
Second baseman Don Mason snagged a hard-hit liner off Brown’s bat and threw to first-baseman Nate Colbert to double King off first. Colbert then threw to shortstop Enzo Hernandez to triple Williams off second for the 4-3-6 triple play.