One year ago today, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter against the Padres.
Of course, he accomplished the same feat 18 days ago.
Lincecum on July 13, 2013, struck out 13 Padres hitters but needed a 148th pitch to get Yonder Alonso to fly out to left for his first no-no and the first thrown at Petco Park. Third-baseman Pablo Sandoval contributed to the effort with a seventh-inning backhand grab on a sharp grounder and Hunter Pence helped with a diving eighth-inning catch.
As if once wasn’t enough, Lincecum did it again on June 25 of this year. The only other major league pitcher to throw no-hitters against the same team is the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who tossed no-nos against the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908 and April 20, 1910.
The Padres have been one-hit by the New York Mets three times, but none was as crushing to the Mets as Leron Lee’s 9th-inning no-no-killing single against eventual Hall of Famer Tom Seaver at Shea Stadium on July 4, 1972.
Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning this day, although he walked two batters in the fourth and two batters in the eighth so the perfect game was off the board.
Seaver took the mound in the ninth and got Dave Roberts to ground out before Leron Lee lined a ball up the middle to end the no-no bid. He then got Nate Colbert to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 2-0 complete-game shutout, Seaver’s fourth career one-hitter.
Seaver struck out 11 batters, and the Mets scored their only runs with two outs in the third when Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool drew bases-loaded walks from the Padres’ Clay Kirby.
It was the Mets’ ninth one-hitter and it marked the team’s 1,692nd game without a no-hitter. On the other side, Kirby lost his no-hitter on Wayne Garrett’s first-inning single to move the Padres’ count to 556 games.
July 3 is a big day in San Diego no no-no history, with three Padres pitchers taking no-nos into the eighth inning.
Too bad the Padres have an off-day this year.
On this day in 1975, Randy Jones took a perfect game into the eighth against the Cincinnati Reds but lost it when shortstop Hector Torres fielded a Tony Perez grounder and threw the ball into the stands for an error. Jones got George Foster to ground out to keep the no-no active through 7 1/3, but said goodbye to that potential feat on a Bill Plummer double. He had to settle for his second one-hitter, with the earlier one coming in May of the same year.
On July 3, 1994, Andy Bennes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the New York Mets but lost it on a Rico Brogna lead-off double. He held on for the one-hit complete game 7-0 shutout.
And on this day in 2004, the Padres’ Adam Eaton held the Kansas City Royals hitless for seven innings and had a 4-0 lead when Dee Brown lead off the eighth with a double to left. Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka wound up yielding three hits as Kansas City tied the game, but the Padres scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 5-4 victory.
There have been two major league no-hitters on this date. On July 3, 1970, the California Angels’ Clyde Wright tossed a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 win. On July 3 of last year, the Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter, this one topping the San Francisco Giants 3-0.
In non no no-no July 3 happenings, the Padres in 2001 tied a National League record by hitting four sacrifice flies in one game during a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Qualcomm Stadium.
And with the Padres off this July 3, the San Diego County Fair will be allowing free admission with a 2014 game ticket stub in celebration of the life of Tony Gwynn.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Homer Bailey nearly joined an exclusive club Sunday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants before giving up a two-out single to right by Buster Posey.
Bailey no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 28, 2012, with a 1-0 no-hitter, then repeated against the Giants on July 3, 2013, during a 3-0 win.
If Bailey could have accomplished the feat he would have been only the sixth player to complete the no-hitter hat-trick, joining Nolan Ryan (7), Sandy Koufax (4), Larry Corcoran (3), Cy Young (3), Bob Feller (3).
In fact, Young threw his third no-hitter 106 years ago tomorrow during the Boston Red Sox’ 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.
24 years ago today, on June 29, 1990, the Oakland A’s Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw no-hitters on the same day.
Stewart threw his at the Toronto Skydome against the Blue Jays, striking out 12 for a 5-0 win. He told Sports Illustrated that it was the first no-hitter of his life.
“I didn’t even have one in Little League,” he told SI after the game. “I’ve never felt better than when I walked off that field tonight. As a pitcher, a no-hitter is it. What else can there be?”
Meanwhile, Valenzuela was getting ready for his start against the St. Louis Cardinals in L.A. when his teammates were watching Stewart’s gem in progress on ESPN in the Dodgers clubhouse.
“You’re watching a no-hitter on TV, and now you’re going to see one in person,” he told them.
124 pitches later, Valenzuela kept his word, no-hitting the Cardinals for a 6-0 victory.
The double no-hitter occurred only one other time, and it was back in 1898.
On April 22 of that year, the Cincinnati Reds’ Ted Breitenstein no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 victory. It was Breitenstein’s second no-no. The same day, Jim Hughes of the NL Baltimore Orioles no-hit the Boston Beaneaters for a 8-0 win.
If you love no-hitters and have an iPhone or iPad, a must-have app is No-Hitter Alerts created by Ben Packard.
This great 99-cent app will inform you of any no-no in progress in whatever inning you want choose. (To me, it’s worth tuning into MLB TV for teams you don’t care about when a game reaches the 7th inning without a hit.) The app will also let you set a different inning for teams you care about, so if I happen to be missing a Mets or Padres game on a particular night I’ll get a heads up in the fifth.)
The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres on Wednesday for the second time in less than a year.
“The Freak” allowed just one baserunner, walking Chase Headley in the second. He retired the next 23 batters to complete the task at AT&T Park with a 4-0 victory.
The only other major league pitcher to throw no-hitters against the same team is the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who tossed no-nos against the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908 and April 20, 1910.
On July 13, 2013, Lincecum struck out 13 Padres hitters at Petco Park but needed a 148th pitch to get Yonder Alonso to fly out to left and complete the 9-0 no-hitter.
His no-no pitch count is just one shy of the record since Major League Baseball began tracking such things in 1988. Third-baseman Pablo Sandoval contributed to the effort with a seventh-inning backhand grab on a sharp grounder and Hunter Pence helped with a diving eighth-inning catch.
Lincecum’s 2013 no-hitter was Petco Park’s first.
On the other side of the game on Wednesday, the Padres’ Ian Kennedy yielded a first-inning Buster Posey single for San Diego’s 7,245th regular season game without a no-no. The Padres remain the only team with no no-no.
Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter for the The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, marking the franchise’s major league leading 25th no-no.
The accomplishment came less than a month after the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
“Beckett told me he’s going to teach me how to do that,” Kershaw said after the game. “So I have Josh to thank.”
The Texas-born southpaw struck out 15 and walked none.
Kershaw had a perfect game going in the seventh when shortstop Hanley Ramirez committed a throwing error on a ball hit to him by Corey Dickerson. Kershaw nearly lost the no-hitter soon after when Troy Tulowitzki hit a hard grounder to third, but Miguel Rojas fielded the ball behind the bag and made a long, accurate throw to first, which was aptly scooped by Adrian Gonzalez.
The baseball world today is mourning the loss of “Mr. Padre” Tony Gwynn, who died Monday morning of cancer at the age of 54. Gwynn has said that the disease was brought on by his use of chewing tobacco.
Gwynn, who was one of the nicest guys to ever play the game, batted an amazing .338 over a 20-year career with the San Diego Padres. He also helped the Padres avoid getting no-hit on June 6, 1988, when he tagged the Cincinnati Reds’ Tom Browning for a ninth-inning, one-out single – the Padres’ only hit during the Reds’ 12-0 victory.
Pittsburgh Pirates hurler Dock Ellis thought June 12, 1970 was an off-day, so after a long night of partying he woke up and decided to take some LSD. What he didn’t know was he had slept through a full day and he was actually scheduled to pitch Game 1 of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres that day.
But Ellis was able to not only secure a 2-0 Pirates win in San Diego, he held the Padres hitless in what is believed to be the only Major League no-hitter thrown by a man tripping on acid.
The story was long thought to be an urban legend, but Ellis talked openly about the experience in a 2005 Dallas Observer story. Ellis, who died in 2008, had long been drug free and was working as a drug counselor when he was interviewed for the article.
“What’s weird is that sometimes it felt like a balloon. Sometimes it felt like a golf ball,” the alternative weekly reported. “But he could always get it to the plate. Getting it over the plate was another matter entirely. Sometimes he couldn’t see the hitter. Sometimes he couldn’t see the catcher.”
That’s evident in the box score, as Ellis apparently walked eight and hit at least one batter.