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.
The San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner no-hit the San Diego Padres through six innings on Monday night, losing his bid on a Justin Upton single to lead off the seventh inning.
Bumgarner was trying to become the third Giants pitcher to no-hit the Giants.
Jonathan Sanchez no-hit the Padres at AT&T Park on July 10, 2009, striking out 11 and not issuing a single walk. He had a perfect game in tact in the eighth inning but lost that quest when Chase Headley reached base on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe.
Tim Lineceum no-hit the Friars twice, with the first on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Petco Park and the second on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at AT&T Park.
See the whole list of no-hitters against the Padres here.
Today is the 98th anniversary of baseball’s only double nine-inning no-hitter.
The Chicago Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney each held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball at Weeghman Park on Wednesday, May 2, 1917. 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.
Also on this date in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver no-hit the Minnesota Twins for a 9-0 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Today is the 59th anniversary of New Jersey’s first major league baseball game.
The Brooklyn Dodgers played 15 regular-season games at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons.
The first was on April 19, 1956, and the Dodgers topped the Philadelphia Phillies for a 10-inning 5-4 win in an error-filled game (5 errors for the Dodgers, 3 for the Phillies). Just over 12,000 fans watched the game.
The Dodgers actually went 6-1 at Roosevelt Stadium in 1956 and clinched the National League pennant, but the team lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, thanks in part to Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5.
Home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez on Friday night in the middle of him throwing a no-hitter. Granted it was only the fourth inning, but I don’t recall ever seeing that before.
Jiménez hit Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the back of the shoulder with a 90 mph fastball in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and Baker surmised that the pitch was retaliation for an incident earlier in the game.
In the second inning, Sandoval slid hard into second baseman Jonathan Schoop to break up a double play, but neither the Orioles nor the Red Sox were issued warnings. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not happy with Jiménez’s ejection.
Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman finished out the inning, but lost the no-hit bid in the fifth inning on a Xander Bogaerts single. Gausman then gave up a game-tying Ryan Hanigan homer, and the Red Sox went on to win 3-2 on Bogaerts’ ninth-inning walk-off single.
Jiménez tossed a no-hitter in 2010 – the first in Colorado Rockies history:
Colorado Rockies (NL)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Today marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major leagues color barrier.
Robinson on April 15, 1947 made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base and going 0-3 with a run scored. He batted .297 that season to take Rookie of the Year honors.
Robinson’s iconic No. 42, retired throughout baseball, will be worn by every major league player today, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners for tonight’s Civil Rights Game. Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, and Hall of Fame southpaw Sandy Koufax are expected to participate in the first-pitch ceremony.