Legendary Major League Baseball broadcaster Dick Enberg died Thursday at the age of 82.
Enberg had called San Diego Padres games for the past seven years before retiring at the end of the 2017 season.
Enberg was a big fan of the no-hitter, saying in his 2004 autobiography Dick Enberg: Oh My! that there’s no more dramatic sports event for a play-by-play man.
“It all builds and builds with each pitch to the ultimate climax,” he wrote. “The payoff is so enormous and unlikely that the final out is major league ecstasy.”
Roy Halladay, the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the MLB post-season, was killed Tuesday when the plane he was flying crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida. He was 40.
Authorities say the single-engine ICON A5 crashed about noon Tuesday. The Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit found Halladay’s body and no other survivors, according to MLB.com. It is not yet known if he was carrying any passengers.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. It was Halladay’s second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.
The Phillies released a statement saying they are numb over the tragic news.
“There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game,” the team said. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.”
The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before losing his bid on a one-out double by the Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Divisional Series.
Jayson Werth barehanded Zobrist’s liner to left center from the Wrigley Field ivy, but Zobrist reached second safely on a headfirst slide just ahead of Werth’s throw. The Nationals went to the bullpen, and Sammy Solis gave up an RBI single to pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. to tie the game at 1.
The Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Anthony Rizzo blooped a ball onto the outfield grass between Washington’s left fielder, center fielder and shortstop.
The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg took a National League Divisional Series no-hitter into the sixth inning on Friday night in the team’s opening game against the Chicago Cubs.
With a runner on second and two out in the sixth, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant singled to break up the no-hitter and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Bryant reached second on the throw and later scored.
The Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees Thursday night but gave up his bid on a one-out Aaron Hicks double to left.
Bauer was looking to toss the first post-season no-no since Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series. Halladay’s 4-0 gem marked his second no-hitter that season, as he threw a perfecto against the Florida Marlins that June.
The first postseason no-no, of course, was the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The San Diego Padres’ Jhoulys Chacín took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Saturday night before DJ LeMaheiu singled with two out, extending the club’s streak of no no-hitters to 7,807 regular season games (and 34 post-season contests).
LeMaheiu lined a ball to center field just out of the reach of a diving Manuel Margot, Margot trapped the ball to hold LeMaheiu to a single. It was the only hit yielded by Chacín during his six innings of work, as the Padres topped the Colorado Rockies 5-0.
The Padres are the only major league franchise to have never thrown a no-hitter, a streak in its 48th year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rich Hill became the first pitcher since 1995 to throw nine innings of no-hit ball without completing the feat.
With the game gridlocked at 0 in the bottom of the 10th, Hill gave up a no-out walk-off homer to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison, killing the no-no and giving the Pirates a 1-0 win. The 37-year-old Hill struck out 10, walked none and threw just 99 pitches.
The last pitcher to take a no-no into the 10th was the Montreal Expos’ Pedro Martínez. At San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium on Saturday, June 3, 1995, Martinez retired all 27 Padres he faced and entered the 10th with the perfecto in tact and the Expos up 1-0. Martinez gave up a leadoff double, killing both the perfect game and the no-hitter. Mel Rojas came in and retired the next three batters to secure the one-hit victory.
Hill was working on a perfecto until the ninth, when Jordy Mercer reached base on an error by third baseman Logan Forsythe.
The Colorado Rockies’ Kyle Freeland took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Sunday before losing it on a one-out single.
Freeland struck out the Chicago White Sox’s Adam Engel for the inning’s first out, but Melky Cabrera followed by hitting a line drive single to left just beyond the glove of Nolan Arenado.
Rockies manager Bud Black replaced Freeland with Jordan Lyles to get the game’s final two outs and secure the one-hitter. The Rockies won 10-0.
Edinson Vólquez threw the majors’ 296th no-hitter on Saturday. Here are six obscure facts about his effort:
- Edinson Vólquez is the second Marlins pitcher to wear uniform No. 36 while no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks. The other was Anibal Sanchez, who no-hit the D-Backs on September 6, 2006.
- Vólquez’s no-no broke the longest MLB no-hitter drought in terms of games played. That one, which stretched across 6,364 games from May 2004 through September 2006, was broken up by the Marlins’ Sanchez. The recent drought lasted 3,233 games.
- Vólquez’s no-no prompted a new NoNoHitters.com page: No-hitters … after they were Padres. Although there are 11 players who threw No-hitters … before they were Padres, Vólquez is the first to fall into the latter category. The Padres are the only team still without a no-hitter, a streak that reached 7,709 games on Saturday.
- The Marlins have thrown six no-hitters over a 25-year history, marking a 24 percent chance the team will get a no-hitter in any given season. That outpaces every franchise, including the circa-1884 Dodgers, who boast an MLB-record 25 no-hitters but carry just an 18.7 percent chance in any given season.
- Two other no-hitters were thrown on June 3: The Chicago Cubs’ Ken Holtzman against the Reds in 1971 and the Boston Red Sox’s Hubert “Dutch” Leonard in 1918 against the Tigers.
- Before Saturday’s no-hitter, the Arizona Diamondbacks had been tied with the Kansas City Royals for falling victim to a no-hitter the fewest times at 2. The Royals now hold that spot alone, and their prowess is more impressive as they’ve been playing ball since 1969.
The Miami Marlins’ Edinson Vólquez threw the major’s 296th no-hitter on Saturday, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 at Marlins Park.
The no-no breaks a drought dating back to April 21, 2016, when the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
Vólquez struck out 10 and walked two D-Backs hitters but managed to face the minimum 27 batters, as both were retired on double plays.
It’s the sixth no-hitter in Florida/Miami Marlins history. Vólquez joins Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez and Henderson Alvarez in the club.