Marlins fall short of combined no-no, starter Conley pulled with 2 out in 8th

The Miami Marlins just missed throwing baseball’s 296th no-hitter on Friday night, failing to get the final four outs for starter Adam Conley. Conley threw 7⅔ of no-hit ball against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park as the Marlins held on for a rocky 6-3 win.

Jose Urena (⅔) got the final out of the eighth inning after misplaying a ball on the first batter he faced. The play was generously ruled and E-1, and Urena properly played the second come-backer to escape the inning. He got the first out in the ninth before Jonathan Lucroy blooped a single to right to kill the combined no-no.

The game would have been the first in major-league history to feature both a no-hitter and a triple play.

In the top of the fifth with no out and two on, third-baseman Aaron Hill fielded a ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuna and started a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple-play.

It would have been the sixth no-hitter in the Marlins’ 25-year history. The last was on Sunday, September 29, 2013, by Henderson Alvarez for a 1-0 win at Marlins Park. Alvarez launched into his celebrated his no-no celebration from the on-deck circle on a walk-off wild pitch.

The last no-hitter against the Brewers was on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, by the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander for a 4-0 Detroit win at Comerica Park.

Miller Park’s only no-no remains a neutral site no-no by the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano.

Conley was trying to become the third pitcher in major-league history to throw a no-hitter while wearing the No. 61. The other two are Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. If Conley and Urena could have notched a combined no-no, it would have been the first started by a No. 61 and completed by a No. 62.

In Seattle, the Kansas City Royals’ Kris Medlen took a no-hitter against the Mariners into the sixth inning before losing it on a Seth Smith lead-off homer.

Happy birthday Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters, threw two no-nos

Jesse 'Nip' Winters
Jesse ‘Nip’ Winters
Happy birthday to Jesse “Nip” Winters, who threw two Negro Leagues no-hitters.

Winters, born on this day in 1899 in Washington D.C., tossed his no-nos while pitching for the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and Hilldale.

Winters spent the final 30 years of his life until his death in 1971 in Hockessin, Delaware. The town honored him with a historical marker in 2015, according to the Hockessin Community News.

Here are Winters’ no-hitters:

1 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
  Wednesday, July 26, 1922
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 7, Indianapolis ABCs 1
(Winters’ first of two no-hitters on this list)
2 Jesse “Nip” Winters
  Hilldale (Darby, Pennsylvania)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1924 (first game of doubleheader)
Hilldale 2, Harrisburg Giants 0
(First Eastern Colored League no-hitter; Winters’s second of two no-hitters on this list)

Ferrell hits homer while tossing no-no, 85 years ago today

Wes Ferrell
Wes Ferrell
Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell threw a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns and helped his cause with a homer, 85 years ago today.

On Wednesday, April 29, 1931 at Cleveland’s League Park, Ferrell no-hit the Browns for a 9-0 victory. Ferrell struck out eight while walking three and also contributed at the plate with a 2-for-4 day including a home run, a double and 4 RBIs.

Only three other pitchers have hit a homer while pitching a no-hitter (Rick Wise actually hit two). Here are those games:

1 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
(Tobin went 1-for-3 with an 8th-inning leadoff homer off Fritz Ostermueller, 1 RBI)
2 Earl Wilson
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 26, 1962
Boston Red Sox 2, Los Angeles Angels 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
(Wilson went 1-for-3 with a one-out homer off Bo Belinsky in the 3rd inning, 1 RBI)
3 Rick Wise
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Wednesday, June 23, 1971
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati)
(Wise went 2-for-3 with a 5th-inning, two-run homer off Ross Grimsley and an 8th innings solo shot off Clay Carroll, 3 RBIs)

Spahn no-hits Giants, 55 years ago today

Warren Spahn (Image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Warren Spahn (Image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
The Milwaukee Braves’ Warren Spahn threw his second of two no-hitters, 55 years ago today

Spahn on Friday, April 28, 1961, no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 1-0 victory at Milwaukee County Stadium. Just two Giants reached first base on walks, but each was immediately sent back to the dugout on a double play. The Braves’ sole error was on a foul ball behind the plate.

Happy birthday Bill Hawke, Tom Browning

Bill Hawke and Tom Browning
Bill Hawke and Tom Browning
Happy birthday today to two no-no throwers: Bill Hawke and Tom Browning.

Hawke, born on this day in 1893, holds the distinction of throwing the first no-hitter at the current 60-foot-6 pitching distance. The hurler for the National League’s Baltimore Orioles no-hit the Washington Senators on Wednesday, August 16, 1893 for a 5-0 victory at Washington’s Boundary Field.

Browning, the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, turns 56 today. On Friday, September 16, 1988, he threw a 1-0 perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.

A marvelous night for a no-no

april27thIt’s a marvelous night for a no-no.

April 27 is one of four days sharing the record for most no-hitters with six. The others are May 15, September 20 and September 28.

Here are the no-hitters thrown on April 27:

1 Jim Tobin
  Boston Braves (NL)
  Thursday, April 27, 1944
Boston Braves 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Braves Field (Boston)
2 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
3 Steve Busby
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, April 27, 1973
Kansas City Royals 3, Detroit Tigers 0
Tiger Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
4 Scott Erickson
  Minnesota Twins (AL)
  Wednesday, April 27, 1994
Minnesota Twins 6, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)
5 Derek Lowe
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 2002
Boston Red Sox 10, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0
Fenway Park (Boston)
6 Kevin Millwood
  Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
  Sunday, April 27, 2003
Philadelphia Phillies 1, San Francisco Giants 0
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)

The May 15 crew includes Claude Hendrix, Clyde Shoun, Virgil Trucks, Don Cardwell, Nolan Ryan and Len Barker. Sept. 20 was kind to Larry Corcoran, Jimmy “Nixey” Callahan, Nick Maddox, Frank Smith, Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Moose.

Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter thrown on the final game of 2014 added September 28 to the list, with Ed Cushman, Allie Reynolds, Ryan, an Oakland A’s tandem (Vida Blue 5, Glenn Abbott 1, Paul Lindblad 1 and Rollie Fingers 2) and Homer Bailey joining Zimmermann.

Shields takes Padres no-no into the 5th

7511The San Diego Padres’ James Shields took a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants into the fifth inning on Tuesday night, falling 15 outs short of tossing the first no-no in franchise history.

With nobody out in the fifth, Shields gave up a Brandon Crawford single up the middle for the Padres’ 7,511th game with no no-no. It was the longest a Friars’ thrower kept the no-no alive since April 12, when Robbie Erlin went 4 2/3 against the Phillies before yielding a Freddy Galvis fifth-inning single.

Shields was looking to become the fourth major-league pitcher to toss a no-no while wearing No. 33. The others are 33s: Lew Burdette, Mike Scott and David Wells.

The Padres are the only major-league team without a no-no after the New York Mets notched the club’s first on June 1, 2012. They Mets streak from their inception in 1962 lasted 8,019 games.

The last no-hitter against the Giants was on July 2, 2013, by the Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey.

Five no-no birthdays today

Ray Caldwell, born this day in 1988, threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1919.
Ray Caldwell, born this day in 1988, threw a no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in 1919.
Today is one of two days throughout the calendar year in which we’re most flush with no-no birthdays. Five pitchers of no-hitters celebrate April 26 as the day of their entrances into the world: Ray Caldwell (born in 1888), Jesse Barnes (born in 1892), Virgil Trucks (pictured above, born in 1917), Sal Maglie (born in 1917) and Mike Scott (born in 1955, turns 61 today).

The other day with five no-no throwers born is June 1.

Here are the no-hitters pitched by those celebrating birthdays today:

91 of 295 Ray Caldwell
  Cleveland Indians (AL)
  Wednesday, September 10, 1919 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Indians 3, New York Yankees 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
94 of 295 Jesse Barnes
  New York Giants (NL)
  Sunday, May 7, 1922
New York Giants 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Polo Grounds (New York)
127 of 295 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Thursday, May 15, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, Washington Senators 0
Briggs Stadium (Detroit)
(His first of two no-hitters)
129 of 295 Virgil Trucks
  Detroit Tigers (AL)
  Monday, August 25, 1952
Detroit Tigers 1, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(His second of two no-hitters)
135 of 295 Sal Maglie
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 25, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
215 of 295 Mike Scott
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, September 25, 1986
Houston Astros 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Game clinches National Leauge West division for Astros.)

Yankees’ Eovaldi takes no-hitter into 7th vs. Rangers

The New York Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers on Monday night before losing his bid on a lead-off seventh-inning single by Nomar Mazara.

Eovaldi, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound right-hander, attended the same Texas high school as Nolan Ryan – Alvin High School. And Eovaldi wears No. 30 for the Yankees, the number Ryan wore when he threw four no-nos for the California Angels.

But it wasn’t to be on Monday night. Eovaldi gave up two hits in the seventh but kept the Rangers from notching a run. The Yankees went on to win by a score of 3-1.

The Yankees’ last no-hitter was 17 years ago, when David Cone threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium against the Montreal Expos.

The last time the Rangers fell victim to a no-hitter was in 2008, when the Chicago White Sox’s Mark Buehrle no-hit Texas on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at U.S. Cellular Field.

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