2015 late-inning no-hitter attempts

Chris Heston has given us 2015’s only no-hitter so far. Here is the breakdown of the 2015 no-hitter attempts broken up in late innings:


Here’s the list of the deep no-no attempts (minimum six innings):

8⅔ Shelby Miller
  Atlanta Braves (NL)
  Sunday, May 17, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Boer, single up the middle with one out in the ninth
Atlanta Braves 6, Miami Marlins 0
Marlins Park (Miami)
8⅓ Trevor Bauer (6 inn)
Kyle Crockett (1 inn)
Scott Atchinson (1 inn)
Nick Hagadome (⅓ inn)
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Thursday, April 9, 2015
Spoiler: Jed Lowrie, homer to left-center off Nick Hagadome with one out in the ninth
Cleveland Indians 5, Houston Astros 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
7⅓ Chad Bettis
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Friday, May 29, 2015
Spoiler: Cody Asche, one-out single to left with shift deployed in the eighth inning
Colorado Rockies 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
7 Chris Young (5 inn)
Ryan Madson (2 inn)
Kelvin Herrera (0 inn)
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Friday, May 1, 2015
Spoiler: Nick Castellanos, single to left off Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
7 Sonny Gray
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, April 6, 2015 (Opening Day)
Spoiler: Ryan Rua, single to right with nobody out in the eighth inning
Oakland Athletics 8, Texas Rangers 0
O.co Coliseum (Oakland)
6⅔ Corey Kluber
  Cleveland Indians (AL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Spoiler: Jhonny Peralta, two-out single to left in the seventh inning
Cleveland Indians 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Progressive Field (Cleveland)
6⅔ Mike Leake
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Spoiler: Maikel Franco, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Cincinnati Reds 4
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
6⅓ Garrett Richards
  Los Angeles Angels (AL)
  Sunday, May 10, 2015
Spoiler: Jason Castro, one-out single to left in the seventh inning
Los Angeles Angels 3, Houston Astros 1
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim)
6⅓ Chris Young
  Kansas City Royals (AL)
  Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Spoiler: Trevor Plouffe, one-out triple to right in the seventh inning
Kansas City Royals 2, Minnesota Twins 0
Target Field (Minneapolis)
6⅓ Chase Anderson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Friday, June 12, 2015
Spoiler: Buster Posey, one-out comebacker that struck Anderson and dribbled for a single in the seventh inning
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, San Francisco Giants 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
6 Madison Bumgarner
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Spoiler: Justin Upton, leadoff single to left in the seventh inning
San Francisco Giants 2, San Diego Padres 0
AT&T Park (San Francisco)

Vander Meer remains alone in the back-to-back no-no club as Heston can’t repeat

Johnny Vander Meer remains alone in the back-to-back no-no club.

The San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston gave up a second-inning double to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb, missing his chance Sunday to tie Vander Meer’s record of being the only major league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters.

Vander Meer’s first was on Saturday, June 11, 1938, as he led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 no-hit victory at Crosley Field over the Boston Bees (Braves). His second, 77 years ago tomorrow, came in the first night game at Ebbets Field. On Wednesday, June 15, 1938, he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 6-0 win.

Mathewson’s second no-no, 110 years ago today

Christy Mathewson card
Christy Mathewson baseball card
The New York Giants’ Christy Mathewson threw the second of his two no-hitters, 110 years ago today.

Mathewson, nicknamed “The Christian Gentleman,” no-hit the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park for a 1-0 win. The right-hander from Factoryville, Pennsylvania faced just 28 batters, with the only Cubs base runners coming courtesy of errors by Bill Dahlen and Billy Gilbert (one runner was doubled up).

“Neither run, nor hit, nor base on balls did Mathewson allow Chicago in the full nine innings, and if his support had been perfect, he would have tied “Cy” Young’s record of not permitting an opponent to reach first base,” the New York Times noted.

Mathewson’s first no-no came on Monday, July 15, 1901, when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on the road at Robison Field 5-0.

First of Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-nos, 77 years ago today

Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in major league history, tossed the first of those no-nos 77 years ago today.

The lefty from Prospect Park, New Jersey was a starter for the 1938 Cincinnati Reds. Pitching at Crosley Field on Saturday, June 11, Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees (Braves) for a 3-0 victory. In his next start four days later in Brooklyn, Vander Meer no-hit the Dodgers for a 6-0 win in Ebbets Field’s first ever night game.

The feat has never been duplicated. The San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston, who pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets on Tuesday, will make a go at tying Vander Meer’s record in his next scheduled start, Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Heston no-hits Mets for Giants’ 17th no-no

nohittersjersey288Chris Heston, a 27-year-old rookie right-hander making just his 13th major league start for the San Francisco Giants, no-hit the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field for a 5-0 win.

Heston struck out 11 batters and did not allow a walk, but he hit three batters for the first no-hitter thrown at Citi Field since Johan Santana’s 2012 no-no.

Heston was perfect through three innings as his Giants built a 3-run lead off Noah Syndergaard by the middle of the third. Heston retired Curtis Granderson to make it 10 straight before plunking Ruben Tejada in the arm with a 75 mph curve ball and then grazing Lucas Duda’s pant leg with an 89-mph fastball. Heston got out of the jam by inducing a 5-4-3 double-play out of Michael Cuddyer.

Matt Duffy extended the Giants’ lead with a solo homer to left off Syndergaard in the sixth, and Joe Panik tagged relieved Dillon Gee for another dinger in the seventh to make it 5-0.

Meanwhile, Heston kept retiring Mets batters and only to return to the Giants dugout to be ignored (per superstitious baseball protocol). His only other blemish came in the ninth when he plunked catcher Anthony Recker in the upper arm with an 89-mph fastball. He then caught pinch-hitter Danny Muno
Granderson and Tejada looking to complete the no-no with his ninth, 10th and 11th K’s.

The Giants have now thrown 17 no-hitters during the team’s tenure in both New York and San Francisco, trailing only the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (25), the Boston Red Sox (18) and the Chicago White Sox (18) for most my a franchise. Giants catcher Buster Posey joined an elite group behind the plate for three no-nos: Silver Flint, Ray Schalk, Ed McFarland, Bill Carrigan, Val Picinich, Luke Sewell, Jim Hegan, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Del Crandall, Jeff Torborg, Alan Ashby, Charles Johnson and Carlos Ruiz. Only Jason Varitek of the Boston Red Sox caught four no-hitters. (The Giants’ Hector Sanchez caught Lincecum’s second no-no in 2014 or Posey would be tied with Varitek.)

On the other side, the Mets have tied the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels with seven no-hitters thrown against the clubs. The Mets didn’t really have any hard-hit balls all night, save a near infield hit to shortstop Brandon Crawford by Eric Campbell in the eighth, fielded on the backhand.

Mariners throw combined no-no, 3 years ago today

The Seattle Mariners threw a combined no-hitter, three years ago today.

Kevin Millwood was forced to leave the June 8, 2012 game with a groin injury after pitching six innings of no-hit ball. Five relievers finished out the no-no as the Mariners topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at Safeco Field:

  • Charlie Furbush (2/3 inn.)
  • Stephen Pryor (1/3 inn.)
  • Lucas Luetge (1/3 inn.)
  • Brandon League (2/3 inn)
  • Tom Wilhelmsen (1 inn.)

The combined performance tied a record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees, June 11, 2003). The Mariners’ no-no came a week after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, breaking a 50-plus-year, 8,019 game streak.

Happy birthday Bill McCahan

Happy birthday to Bill McCahan, who threw a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics as a rookie 68 years ago today.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander from Philadelphia no-hit the Washington Senators at Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947. McCahan struck out two yet didn’t walk a single batter. His perfect game was marred by a second-inning throwing error by first-baseman Ferris Fain.

McCahan told the AP that he didn’t know he was pitching a no-no until the ninth inning.

Porter throws first K.C. no-no, 127 years ago today

Henry Porter threw the first no-hitter in Kansas City history, 127 years ago today.

Porter, a pitcher for the American Association’s Kansas City Cowboys, no-hit the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park on June 6, 1888 for a 4-0 victory.

Porter walked just one during the game, and three other Orioles runners reached base on errors. The game ran just an hour and 25 minutes.

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