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.
The calculations are in, and it appears that the chance of an All-Star Game no-hitter on Tuesday night are just a fraction above 0 percent.
With only seven shutouts in All-Star history, it’s no surprise that there have been no no-hitters since the tradition began in 1933. Midsummer classic fans haven’t even gotten to witness a one-hitter, but the American League staff did take a one-hitter into the ninth inning during the 1990 All-Star Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The possibility of an All-Star no-no had been killed early when the San Francisco Giants’ Will Clark tagged the Oakland As’ Bob Welch for a first-inning single. Welch managed to keep the NL hitless for the rest of his two-inning stint, and Dave Steib, Bret Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen, Chuck Finley held the fort through eight when Dennis Eckersley was called on for the save.
Eckersley gave up a lead-off single to the Phillies’ Lenny Dykstra before retiring the next three to getting the save and preserve the only two-hitter in All-Star history.
Final score: American League 2, National League 0.
The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer has thrown baseball’s 289th no-hitter, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no.
Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth inning, losing the perfecto. He got Josh Harrison to fly out to left to complete the no-hitter. Scherzer struck out 10 batters on the day and walked no one.
Only one other pitcher lost a perfect game by hitting the 27th batter yet recovered to save the no-no, and it was in 1908. The New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse retired the first 26 Philadelphia Quakers he faced during the first game of a July 4 doubleheader that year before hitting opposing pitcher George McQuillan on the arm. The game at the time was a 0-0 tie.
The Giants scored in the top of the 10th and Wiltse got his three outs in the bottom half to complete the no-no for a 1-0 win.
Brock Holt’s hit-for-cycle for the Boston Red Sox last night is the 306th in major league history.
Hitting for the cycle, of course, involves a batter hitting a single, double, triple and home run – not necessarily in that order – in one game. We here at NoNoHitters.com are big fans of the cycle, as it’s sort of the batter’s equivalent of the no-hitter in terms of frequency – there are 288 no-hitters and 306 cycles.
Holt, the Red Sox lead-off batter against the Atlanta Braves, started with a double off the Green Monster. He grounded out in the third, but got his second hit in the fifth by lining a single to right. Brock homered into the left-field seats over the Monster in the seventh, then completed the cycle by driving the ball into “The Triangle” in deep right-center field for a triple. The Red Sox beat the Braves 9-4.
The last major-league player to hit for the cycle was Michael Cuddyer when he was with the Colorado Rockies in 2014. Here’s the full list.
The Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden threw the majors’ 19th perfect game, five years ago today.
Braden on May 9, 2010 – Mother’s Day – retired each of the 27 Tampa Bay Rays he faced during a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Most of the outs were routine, but Braden’s no-no was aided by several great plays by third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.
Happy birthday to a couple of old-time no-no pitchers, Lee Richmond and “Chief” Bender.
Richmond, born on this date in 1857, threw the majors’ first perfect game. The Worcester Ruby Legs southpaw retired 27 Cleveland Blues in a row on Saturday, June 12, 1880 during a National League match up at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds.
Bender, the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher born on this date in 1884, threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps at Shibe Park on Thursday, May 12, 1910.