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47 seasons with no no-hitter for the Padres

padrescount7490The San Diego Padres have finished the 2015 season without a no-hitter, marking the 47th straight season they’ve missed that feat since joining the National League in 1969.

The Friars did notch one other rare feat this season, when Matt Kemp became the first Padres player to hit for the cycle on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Coors Field. The team had been one of two major league teams (the Marlins being the other) without a cycle.

Our 2015 poll of who will throw the first Padres no-hitter finished as follows:
Some other guy (27%)
James Shields (24%)
Andrew Cashner (19%)
Odrisamer Despaigne (10%)
Tyson Ross (9%)
Ian Kennedy (8%)
Brandon Morrow (3%)
Colin Rea (1%)

Padres count climbing again

nohitters0San Diego starter James Shields yielded a leadoff single to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jimmy Rollins Monday as the Padres no no-hitter count climbed for the first time in about six months, reaching 7,329 regular season games.

The Padres, home since 1969 to such great pitchers like Randy Jones, Jake Peavy and Clay Kirby, are the only major league team without a no-hitter.

Kirby came close, several times, and perhaps Kirby’s start on July 21, 1970 reveals the origin of The Curse.

In that game, the New York Mets were beating the Padres 1-0 but Kirby still had a no-hitter going through eight innings. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, San Diego skipper Preston Gomez decided to pull Kirby for a pinch hitter, Cito Gaston. Gaston struck out, reliever Jack Baldschun gave up a ninth-inning lead-off single to Bud Harrelson and the Mets rallied to pad their lead to 3-0, which would be the final score.

Would Kirby have reached base and started a rally that would have given them a 2-1 lead and an eventual no-no win?

Would Kirby have struck out, yet kept the no-hitter alive through the top of the ninth to set up a ninth-inning Padres walk-off victory? We’ll never know, and the club still has no no-no.

Padres’ Shields throws 5 innings of no-hit ball

shieldsbackThe San Diego Padres’ James Shields threw five innings of no-hit ball Sunday, dominating the Chicago Cubs at Mesa’s Sloan Park.

The Padres are the only team without a regular season no-hitter. The Cubs have the longest streak of games since last being no-hit, dating back to 1965. (Follow @CubsNoHitStreak on twitter.)

Shields walked two and struck out six in the outing.

José Valverde came in for the sixth, and Arismendy Alcántara tagged him for a leadoff homer, killing the potential no-no by committee.

Could this be the year of the first Padres no-no?

46yearsandcountingWith James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy taking the top four spots in the San Diego Padres rotation, could the Friars have their best shot at snapping the franchise’s 46-year no no-no curse?

The newcomer, Shields, took a Kansas City Royals no-no into the sixth inning on May 6, 2013 before losing it on a Dwayne Wise leadoff single. On August 3, 2009, while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, Shields held the Royals hitless through seven innings before losing the no-no (and eventually the game).

Cashner has taken two Padres no-hitters into later innings, and both times he had to settle for one-hitters. On Sept. 16, 2013 against the Pirates at PNC Park, he pitched six no-hit innings before yielding a Jose Tabata single to right. On April 11, 2014 at Petco Park, Cashner held the Detroit Tigers hitless through five innings when Rajai Davis hit a one-out single to center.

Kennedy, on April 17, 2014, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a Nolan Arenado double down the third base line that hit the bag, making it impossible for third baseman Alexi Amarista to make a save.

On July 20, 2014, Tyson Ross no-hit the New York Mets for four innings before Travis d’Arnaud’s bounced a single down the third base line.

One of those guys is bound to break through, right?

Or maybe the key is the fifth spot, which will likely be given to Brandon Morrow or Odrisamer Despaigne.

Morrow on Aug. 8, 2010 took a Toronto Blue Jays no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays but lost it on a two-out single by Evan Longoria.

Despaigne, on July 20, 2014, took a San Diego Padres no-hitter through 7⅔ innings but lost it on a double by the Mets’ Daniel Murphy. The Padres later won that game on a walk-off infield single in the bottom of the 9th, but it ended like most with no no-no.

So many possibilities for 2015!