Padres’ first no-hitter* – 55 years ago today

Russ Heman 1959 Topps card - Cleveland IndiansThe San Diego Padres notched the franchise’s first no-hitter 55 years ago today, but the accomplishment carries a significant asterisk.

The Padres in 1959 were a Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and on May 7 of that year, a 6-foot-4 200-pound pitcher by the name of Russ
Heman took the ball against the Vancouver Mounties at Capilano Stadium.

Heman was “invincible” on the mound that night, according to the Canadian Press, keeping most of Vancouver’s balls on the ground.

Just two Mounties reached based during the 1 hour, 35 minute game. Ray Barker reached first safely in the fourth inning on a Billy Moran throwing error and Brooks Robinson – yes, that Brooks Robinson – drew a walk in the fifth inning. (The eventual Hall of Fame third baseman had been sent down to Vancouver to regain his baseball swagger after serving during the ’58-’59 off-season in the Arkansas National Guard.)

Heman outdueled Erv Paluca for the 2-0 win, notching the PCL Padres’ first of three no-hitters.

Meanwhile, the Major League San Diego Padres remain void of a no-no.

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Padres count reaches 7,200

A first-inning Omar Infante double off Robbie Erlin makes it 7,200 regular season San Diego Padres games without a no-hitter,

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Thurmond’s one-hitter, 28 years ago today

Mark Thurmond '86 Topps Padres cardTwenty-eight years ago today, Mark Thurmond threw the San Diego Padres’ 10th one-hitter at Jack Murphy Stadium, holding onto a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings.

Thurmond, who joined the Padres in 1983, had not yielded a hit or walk to a St. Louis Cardinals batter on April 30, 1986, when Willie McGee stepped into the box with one out in the seventh inning and blooped a single to kill both the perfecto and the no-hitter. McGee’s hit marked the Padres’ 2,714th game without a no-no.

Thurmond salvaged a one-hit, one-walk 5-0 shutout, helping his cause with an RBI single in the fourth to drive in Bruce Bochy.

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7,182: Kennedy loses no-no in 6th on ball that hits the 3B bag

pad7padcommapad1pad8pad0Ian Kennedy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Thursday 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 another save.

That marks the San Diego Padres’ 7,182nd game with no no-no and continues the team’s infamy as being the only to not accomplish the feat.

Amarista kept the no-no against the Colorado Rockies alive in the third inning on a soft grounder toward third. Amarista barehanded the dribbler and threw a perfect strike to first baseman Tommy Medica for that inning’s second out.

Kennedy was perfect through four innings before issuing a lead-off walk to Troy Tulowitzki. Padres shortstop Evereth Cabrera then robbed Justin Morneau of a base hit by leaping to snag a soft liner. Kennedy then got out of the jam by getting Willin Rosario to ground into a double play.

Kennedy gave up three runs on three additional hits, none of them particularly clean, in the seventh to lose the one-hitter and the shutout.

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9-game-old Expos get no-no, 45 years ago today

Montreal Expos logoIt is taking at least 7,181 games for the San Diego Padres to get the team’s first no-hitter in franchise history.

For one of the other Major League teams born in 1969 – the Montreal Expos – it took just just nine games.

The franchise that relocated to Washington, D.C., to become the Nationals in 2005 accomplished the feat on April 17, 1969. Reliever-turned-starter Bill Stoneman struck out eight and walked five but gave up no-hits during the Expos’ 8-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Stoneman told newspaper reporters after the game that he wasn’t the least bit nervous: “I guess it’s because I was never even close to a no-hitter before.”

Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972, and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C., but no pitcher has accomplished the feat while wearing a Washington Nationals uniform.

Meanwhile, the Padres are still seeking their first, 45 years into the team’s history.

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Padres expansion partner gets no-no, 29 years ago today

pilotsThe Seattle Pilots were one of three San Diego Padres expansion partners in 1969. And although the team lasted just one season in the Pacific Northwest, the team has continued on as the Milwaukee Brewers, first in the AL before moving to the NL.

The Pilots couldn’t notch a no-hitter or even a one-hitter during their 162 games in 1969 (they did get three two-hitters). And after the squad moved to Milwaukee and was renamed the Brewers, the franchise would have to wait 17 years for its first no-no. Juan Nieves became the first Puerto Rico native to throw a no-no on April 15, 1987 as the Brewers topped the Baltimore Orioles 7-0. Robin Yount made a game-ending diving catch to preserve Nieves’ gem, which remains the Brewers’ only no-no.

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Cashner joins Jones, Hurst in two one-hitter club

mostonehitterscardAndrew Cashner on Friday night joined Randy Jones and Bruce Hurst as the only San Diego Padres pitchers to throw two complete-game one-hitters for the team.

Both Mat Latos and Andy Benes had one complete-game one-hitter and one partial one-hitter preserved by the bullpen. Here are details of the one-hitters by Jones, Hurst and Cashner.

5. Randy Jones

May 19, 1975, San Diego Stadium
San Diego Padres 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0 (10 innings)
No-no broken up by Luis Melendez with a 7th-inning single to center


6. Randy Jones

July 3, 1975, San Diego Stadium
San Diego Padres 2, Cincinnati Reds 1
No-no broken up by Bill Plummer with a 8th-inning RBI double to right-center


13. Bruce Hurst

April 10, 1989, Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 5, Atlanta Braves 2
No-no broken up by Lonnie Smith with a 3rd-inning two-run homer to left


15. Bruce Hurst

May 18, 1992, Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego Padres 3, New York Mets 0
No-no broken up by Chico Walker with a 6th-inning single to short


27. Andrew Cashner

Sept. 16, 2013, PNC Park
San Diego Padres 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
No-no broken up by Jose Tabata with a 7th-inning single to right


28. Andrew Cashner

April 11, 2014, Petco Park
San Diego Padres 6, Detroit Tigers 0
No-no broken up by Jose Tabata with a 6th-inning single to center by Rajai Davis

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Cashner gets Padres’ 28th one-hitter, takes no-no into 6th

onehitters28Andrew Cashner notched the Padres’ 28th one-hitter in franchise history Friday night, leading San Diego to a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park.

The Tigers’ only hit against Cashner came in the sixth inning, when Rajai Davis hit a single to center just past second-baseman Jedd Gyorko.cashnercard The lone blemish marked the Padres’ 7,176th game without a no-hitter. Cashner struck out 11 on the night and walked two.

Cashner secured the one-hitter in the ninth inning by scorching a letter-high 95-mph fastball by a swinging Miguel Cabrera.

“Struck him out. Andrew Cashner – a one-hit shutout,” said play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg. “And a standing ovation from the 30,353 that witnessed a beauty tonight. And what a punctuation mark.”

Cashner also threw the Padres’ 27th one-hitter on Sept. 16, 2013 at PNC Park. His no-no that night broken up by Jose Tabata with a 7th-inning single to right. The Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

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Langston-Witt no-no, 24 years ago today

Mark Langston Topps cardMark Langston, a San Diego native who moved to Santa Clara at age 4, spent the 1998 season with the Padres with a 4-6 record and a 5.86 ERA.

He was a California Angel on April 11, 1990, when he got the start for the Halos at home in Anaheim against the Seattle Mariners.

Langston threw seven innings of no-hit ball, but he told The AP that night that he took himself out of the game as his arm speed just wasn’t there.

Manager Doug Rader brought in Mike Witt, who retired the final six batters to close out the combined no-hitter and secure a 1-0 victory for the Angels.

Langston is currently a broadcaster for the Angels.

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Padres’ 4th triple play, 36 years ago today

tripleplays7The San Diego Padres turned their fourth of the franchise’s seven triple plays, 36 years ago today.

On April 11, 1978, the Braves were trying to get on the board during a scoreless game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium when Dale Murphy and Rod Gilbreath hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the second inning. Up came Braves’ starting pitcher Phil Niekro, who hit a grounder to third-baseman Bill Almon. Almon steps on third to force out Gilbreath, throws to second-baseman Derrel Thomas to retire Murphy and then Thomas throws to first-baseman Gene Richards to get Niekro.

The Padres would go on to win 3-1.

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