Category Archives: Spring training

Eight Angels pitchers combined to no-hit Mariners

Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners Friday for a 4-0 win Cactus League at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

It marked the second no-hitter of the 2017 spring training season, with the New York Yankees no-hitting the Detroit Tigers just a week ago.

The Angels’ Bud Norris began the game by throwing two perfect innings, and Jose Alvarez, Andrew Bailey, Drew Gagnon, Cam Bedrosian, Abel De Los Santos, Justin Anderson each followed with single no-hit innings.

All three ninth-inning outs were nail-biters. First baseman C.J. Cron made a diving play and tossed to a covering Anderson for the first out, and right fielder Shane Robinson followed with a diving catch on a short liner. Then, third baseman Sherman Johnson made a diving stop and threw to Cron to complete the no-no.

The effort marked the most pitchers used for a nine-inning spring training no-hitter. In 2015, nine Atlanta Braves combined to throw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros. That game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Phillies nearly complete Spring Training no-hitter

The Philadelphia Phillies came just two outs from throwing a combined Spring Training no-hitter on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Vince Velasquez (3⅔), Jake Thompson (2⅓), Colton Murray (1⅔) and Michael Mariot (⅔) combined for 8⅓ no-hit innings at Ed Smith Stadium before Chris Dickerson tagged Mariot for a single to right. Sean Coyle followed with a game tying homer, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

See our list of known Spring Training no-hitters here.

Red Sox’s Viola, Bailey no-hit Phillies in spring game, 23 years ago today

Frank Viola is now a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization.
Frank Viola is now a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization.
Boston Red Sox pitchers Frank Viola and Corey Bailey combined to no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game, 23 years ago today.

On Friday, April 2, 1993, at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, Viola threw 7 innings of no-hit ball, striking out six batters and walking one. Bailey, Boston’s Double-A closer, finished the game with 2 no-hit innings, issuing one base on balls in the 10-0 win.

Viola had just taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning during his final start of the 1992 season for the Red Sox. On Wednesday, September 30, 1992 at the SkyDome against the Toronto Blue Jays, Viola tossed eight innings of no-hit ball before Devon White led off the ninth with an infield hit. Viola settled for a 1-0, one-hit victory.

Only Kansas City A’s no-no, 50 years ago today

The Kansas City Athletics notched the team’s only no-hitter 50 years ago today, though the no-no came during a spring training game.

Although the A’s had five regular season no-nos during the team’s stint in Philadelphia and six while based in Oakland, the franchise couldn’t notch a single one during the club’s 13 years in Kansas City.

But on Friday, April 1, 1966, the Athletics’ Paul Lindblad (6 innings) and John Wyatt (3 innings) combined to no-hit the Houston Astros for a 4-0 win at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bert Campaneris helped save the no-no with a diving catch in the later innings.

The effort by Lindblad and Wyatt marked the second spring no-hitter in less than a week, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bob Veale and Luke Walker no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers just four days earlier.

Cards’ Dickson no-hits Yankees, 68 years ago today.

Murry Dickson
Murry Dickson
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Murry Dickson no-hit the World Champion New York Yankees in a spring training contest, 68 years ago today.

On Tuesday, March 30, 1948, at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dickson no-hit the Yanks for a 7-0 win. The losing pitcher was Bill Bevens, who just missed tossing the World Series’ first no-hitter the previous season in what became known as the “Cookie Game.” In Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, Bevens threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before Cookie Lavagetto lined a double off the right field wall to kill the no-no and drive home two runs for the Dodgers win.

Here’s our newly compiled list of spring training no-nos.

Marlins pitchers toss spring training no-no vs. Tigers, seven years ago today

Three Florida Marlins pitchers threw a spring training no-hitter, seven years ago today.

On Sunday, March 22, 2009, Ricky Nolasco threw seven innings of no-hit ball and Dan Meyer and Leo Nuñez (whose real name was later revealed to be Juan Carlos Oviedo) each tossed one no-hit inning to lead the Marlins to a 2-0 no-hit victory over the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Yankees no-hit in Panama, 2 years ago today

Two years ago today, the Miami Marlins accomplished something that no other major league team can claim – they no-hit a team in the country of Panama.

Four Miami pitchers combined for the 5-0 no-no against the New York Yankees in a March 15, 2014 game in Panama City honoring former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera.

Brad Hand threw the first five innings, striking out six while allowing a man to reach base on a hit batsman. Relievers Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero closed out the game, never allowing a hit.

Preseason no-hitters are somewhat rare, so it’s quite odd to have two in the previous two seasons. In 2015, nine Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida in a 10-inning game that ended in a 2-2 tie.

9 Braves pitchers hurl 10-inning Spring Training no-no, 1 year ago today

astros spring training photo
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Nine Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a Spring Training 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros, one year ago today.

The pitchers combined to allow two earned runs on nine walks while striking out nine in Kissimmee, Florida, in a 10-inning game that ended in a 2-2 tie. They were: Cody Martin (2), Jim Johnson (1), Josh Outman (1), Brandon Cunniff (1), Ian Thomas (1), Mauricio Cabrera (1), Lucas Sims (1), Justin Jackson (1), Jairo Heredia (1).

Of course Spring Training no-hitters don’t count, but here are the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves no-hitters that do count: Braves No-hitters.

Note that only one official major league no-hitter has ended in a tie, and that was back in 1884. In that Oct. 4 game, the Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber no-hit the Toledo Blue Stockings in an American Association game at Brooklyn’s Washington Park that lasted 10 innings.

Miami Hurricanes avoid no-hitter vs. Gators, extend streak

Phil Niekro threw 3 innings of a Milwaukee Braves exhibition no-hitter against the University of Miami Hurricanes in February 1964.
Phil Niekro threw 3 innings of a Milwaukee Braves exhibition no-hitter against the University of Miami Hurricanes in February 1964.
The Miami Hurricanes narrowly avoided falling victim to a no-hitter on Sunday, extending the school’s 52-year-old no-hit streak to 3,181 games.

In the ninth inning of the Canes’ game against the Florida Gators, Carl Chester led off by reaching base on an error before Chris Barr lined a single over short, according to the Miami Herald. The comeback attempt fell short at Mark Light Field as Florida topped Miami 7-3.

The last time the Hurricanes were no-hit was on April 18, 1964, when Florida Southern’s Ken Huebner no-hit Miami in Lakeland.

But there was also a lesser-known no-no against the Hurricanes earlier that year. On Saturday, February 29, 1964, three Milwaukee Braves pitchers no-hit the Hurricanes for a 1-0 win during an exhibition at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium. Those pitchers were Dick Kelley (3 innings), Larry Maxie (3 innings) and a young rookie named Phil Niekro (3 innings).

The Canes got beat 5-1 during an exhibition game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The squad looks to extend its college no-hit streak to 3,182 Wednesday night at home against Florida Gulf Coast University.

A pair of perfect games for Mookie

Mookie Betts (Photo from Professional Bowlers Association)
Mookie Betts (Photo from Professional Bowlers Association)
No major-league pitcher has ever thrown two perfect games in a year, but one major-league outfielder has bowled two of them.

The Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts has notched two 300s this off-season on the alleys, setting a mark that no MLB hurler has matched on the mound.

For a list of the 23 non-bowling perfect games in MLB history, click here.