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Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks takes no-no into 9th vs. Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks came 3 outs within no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night before giving up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Jeremy Hazelbaker. The Cubs held on for a 4-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

Hendricks walked two and struck out seven while trying to complete the 296th no-hitter in major league history and the second one this season by a Cubs pitcher. Teammate Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds on April 21, and there have been none since.

Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Hendricks after the dinger and got the save.

Hendricks’ near no-no marked the 32nd to reach at least the 7th inning this season but fail.

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Dave Roberts: A modern-day Preston Gomez

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is quickly becoming a modern-day Preston Gomez.

Roberts pulled Rich Hill after Hill threw seven innings of perfect baseball Saturday, and the bullpen couldn’t complete what could have been the majors’ first combined perfecto as the Dodgers topped the Marlins in Miami 5-0.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig had just saved Hill’s perfect game in the seventh with a spectacular diving catch, and it was beginning to look like Hill might be poised to throw baseball’s 24th perfecto/296th no-hitter.

But Manager Dave Roberts decided to pull Hill after 89 pitches, opting for reliever Joe Blanton, and Hill clearly wasn’t happy. Blanton retired the first two batters before the pesky Jeff Francoeur drilled a 2-2 pitch off the glove of shortstop Corey Seager. It (weak argument here) could have been ruled an error, which would have killed the combined perfecto but kept the combined no-no intact, but it was properly ruled a base hit.

(Note that Rich Hill threw 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball back on Sept. 3.)

The situation prompted flashbacks to April 9, when the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling tossed 7⅓ innings of no-hit ball in his first major-league appearance before being pulled for a reliever who lost the no-no. When Stripling hit 100 pitches, Roberts took the ball and handed it to Chris Hatcher, who yielded a two-run homer to Trevor Brown to kill the chance of a combined no-hitter and even the score at 2-2. The Giants wound up winning that game in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off homer by Brandon Crawford.

Preston Gomez, of course, is known for twice pulling pitchers with no-hitters intact in which they were trailing in the runs column, once with the Padres’ Clay Kirby in 1970 and another with the Astros’ Don Wilson in 1974.

On a personal note, I was watching the MLB.tv broadcast of the game’s late innings on my cell phone while sitting at U.S. Cellular Field. (Fans around me were wondering why I kept looking down at my phone when the Sox had the bases loaded.)

Replay ends Rodriguez’s no-hit bid in the eight.

For the first time in major league history, a deep no-hit bid has zapped by replay.

The Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez had been no-hitting the Oakland Athletics through 7 2/3 innings, when A’s shortstop Marcus Semien hit a ball off Rodriguez’s leg. Rodriguez picked up the ball and threw to first and Semien was called out, but the A’s challenged the call and it was overturned. The A’s had their first hit, and Rodriguez lost the no-no.

The call reversal was correct. Semien was safe. But that has to hurt for Rodriguez.

Giants’ Moore misses no-no by one out on bloop single

The San Francisco Giants’ Matt Moore came one out away from a no-hitter Thursday night before yielding a bloop single to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager — on Corey Seager bobblehead night at Chavez Ravine.

Moore reached 133 pitches, so once the no-no was off the board, pitching coach Dave Righetti (who is no stranger to no-nos) called to the bullpen for Santiago Castilla. Castilla threw one pitch to secure the 4-0 shutout.

The Giants were trying to become the first team to throw no-hitters in five consecutive seasons. They’ve done it over the last four years:

1 Matt Cain
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  pg100Wednesday, June 13, 2012
San Francisco Giants 10, Houston Astros 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(Perfect game)
2 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Saturday, July 13, 2013
San Francisco Giants 9, San Diego Padres 0
Petco Park (San Diego)
(His first of two no-hitters)
3 Tim Lincecum
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
San Francisco Giants 4, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
(His second of two no-hitters; Lincecum becomes only pitcher since Addie Joss to no-hit the same team twice.)
4 Chris Heston
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
San Francisco Giants 5, New York Mets 0
Citi Field (New York)

The only other team to throw no-hitters in four consecutive seasons is the Dodgers, and they were all by Sandy Koufax (1962, ’63, ’64, ’65).

Padres’ Jackson takes no-no into the 6th

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
The San Diego Padres’ Edwin Jackson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Wednesday night before giving up a leadoff single to Jordy Mercer. It marked the franchise’s 7,603rd game without a no-hitter.

Jackson reached the 7th inning with a no-hitter intact in his first start for San Diego, his 11th major league team, on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

In that game, the San Francisco Giants’ Conor Gillaspie tagged jackson three-run homer to right with one out in the 7th inning. The Padres held on to win 4-3.

Edwin Jackson flirts with no-no in first Padres start

Edwin Jackson nearly made San Diego Padres history Sunday afternoon, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a Conor Gillaspie three-run homer.

Jackson, who threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, walked five batters in this contest before serving up the dinger. It was his first start for the Padres.

Six years earlier, the German-born journeyman pitcher needed 149 pitches to no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays for a 1-0 victory at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old right-hander told Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch that it would take a hit to get him off the mound, and he completed the no-no by retiring Jason Bartlett on a groundout on pitch No. 149. We added him to our No-hitters … before they were Padres page.

Jackson’s effort marked the Padres deepest no-hit effort since May 5, when Colin Rea went 6⅔ innings against the New York Mets. That bid was ended by Yoenis Céspedes, who singled during a shift to the exact spot where the second baseman is normally stationed with two outs in the 7th inning.

Lewis loses perfecto in 8th, no-no in 9th

Colby Lewis by Mike LaChance under license CC BY 2.0The Texas Rangers’ Colby Lewis took a perfect game into the eighth inning and a no-hitter into the ninth Thursday but had to settle for a 5-1 complete-game victory.

Lewis lost his perfecto by issuing a two-out walk to the Oakland Athletics’ Yonder Alonso. He escaped the eighth with the no-no intact but lost it in the ninth on a leadoff double by Max Muncy.

Lewis had one near-miss in 2015:

7 Colby Lewis
  Texas Rangers (AL)
  Friday, September 11, 2015
Spoiler: Danny Valencia double down the left field line to break up perfecto with no out in the eighth inning
Texas Rangers 4, Oakland Athletics 0
Globe Life Park (Arlington)

Colby Lewis by Mike LaChance under license CC BY 2.0; feature image The Coliseum by Amy Meridith under license CC BY ND 2.0

Céspedes shift nips Padres’ no-no in the 7th

nonocompareColin Rea made a go of it, but the rookie right-hander just missed throwing the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history on Thursday night.

With a shift behind him, Rea gave up a seventh-inning single to the New York Mets’ Yoenis Céspedes that went right through where the second baseman normally would be stationed. That marked the 7,519th Padres game with no no-hitter since the team’s inception in 1969.

With that hit, the Padres now have just 500 games to go to reach the Mets’ streak of 8,019 games without a no-hitter. The Mets had played 8,019 games from their birth in 1962 when on June 1, 2012, Johan Santana no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals.

If no Friar can notch a no-no, the team would tie the Mets’ streak in a little over three years.

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.