#24, the Arizona Diamondbacks

The NoNoHitters 30As we hit the No. 24 spot in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown today, we finally reach teams that have thrown more than one no-hitter.

The Arizona Diamonbacks, which began play in the National League in 1998, have thrown two no-hitters. Randy Johnson is the only pitcher to throw the first no-hitter for two different franchises – the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and the D-Backs in 2004. His Arizona no-no was a perfect game, thrown at the age of 40.

Edwin Jackson had the D-Backs’ second no-no during an interleague game in 2010.

Here are the Diamondbacks’ no-nos:

1 Randy Johnson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL)
  Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)
(Perfect game, his second of two no-hitters; Johnson at age 40 becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to hurl a perfect game. It’s the Diamondbacks’ first no-hitter.)
2 Edwin Jackson
  Arizona Diamondbacks (NL team in IL game)
  Friday, June 25, 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)

Here’s our list so far from 24 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres
 

Top of post Photo by Nick Bastian Tempe, AZ

#25, the Milwaukee Brewers

The NoNoHitters 30We continue our NoNoHitters 30 countdown today with the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that spent its first season in 1969 in the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle Pilots. The team boasts just one no-hitter over its 46-year history, and it came in the team’s 19th season.

Juan Nieves notched his no-no on the road against the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium. Center fielder Robin Yount in that game made a game-ending diving catch in the ninth inning to save the no-hitter.

Here’s the Brewers’ sole no-no:

1 Juan Nieves
  Milwaukee Brewers (AL)
  Wednesday, April 15, 1987
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Baltimore Orioles 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Here’s our list so far from 25 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres

#26, the Toronto Blue Jays

The NoNoHitters 30Coming in at #26 on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is the The Toronto Blue Jays, a team that joined the American League in 1977 as an expansion franchise.

Dave Stieb's no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
Dave Stieb’s no-no ball in the Hall of Fame.
The Blue Jays have just one no-hitter over the club’s 37-year history.

Dave Stieb, the king of late-inning near-misses, finally got his no-no (and the Blue Jays’ first) during the 1990 season on the road against the Cleveland Indians.

On August 8, 2010, Brandon Morrow came within one out of throwing the Jays’ second no-hitter, but the Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria tagged him for a two-out, ninth-inning single.

Here is the Blue Jays’ one no-hitter:

1 Dave Stieb
  Toronto Blue Jays (AL)
  Sunday, September 2, 1990
Toronto Blue Jays 3, Cleveland Indians 0
Cleveland Stadium (Cleveland)

Here’s our list so far from 26 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres

#27, the Colorado Rockies

The NoNoHitters 30Taking the 27th position on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is another team with one no-hitter that exited the no-no club the same year as the Tampa Bay Rays – the Colorado Rockies.

Ubaldo Jimenez threw has the only no-hitter for the circa-1993 Rockies in 2010 in the club’s 17th year of existence. Jimenez struck out seven and walked six in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Dexter Fowler saved the no-no in the seventh inning with a diving catch on a Troy Glaus line drive into left-center field.

Here is the Rockies’ only no-no:

1 Ubaldo Jimenez
  Colorado Rockies (NL)
  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Colorado Rockies 4, Atlanta Braves 0
Turner Field (Atlanta)

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres


Top of post Photo by Jeffrey Beall

9 Braves pitchers combine for spring training no-hitter

astros spring training photo
Photo by MoveToLakeMary
Nine Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday in a 10-inning game that ended in a 2-2 tie.

Of course it’s spring training so it doesn’t really count, but only one real 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.

The pitchers throwing the combined no-no with their innings pitched are:
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)

They combined to allow two earned runs on nine walks while striking out nine.

Here are the Boston / Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves no-hitters that count: Braves No-hitters.

#28, the Tampa Bay Rays

The NoNoHitters 30Next up in our NoNoHitters 30 countdown is the Tampa Bay Rays, who left the Mets and Padres alone in the no-no club on July 26, 2010 when Matt Garza no-hit the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who were originally known as the Devil Rays when they entered the American League in 1998, exited the no no-no club shortly after the Colorado Rockies.

Here is the only Rays’ no-no:

1 Matt Garza
  Tampa Bay Rays (AL)
  Monday, July 26, 2010
Tampa Bay Rays 5, Detroit Tigers 0
Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg)

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres


#29, the New York Mets

The NoNoHitters 30We continue our NoNoHitters 30 countdown today with the team that took more than a half century to finally get one, the New York Mets. The 8,019-game streak began on April 11, 1962, when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig during the Mets franchise’s first major league game. It ended on June 1, 2012, in the team’s 51st season in the National League, when Johan Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 no-hit victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

A Mets pitcher never hurled a no-hitter before Johan?

That’s correct. A pitcher on the mound for the New York Mets never threw a no-no before 2012.

Really? What about Ryan, Seaver and guys like that?

Yes, Nolan Ryan pitched seven no-hitters during his Hall of Fame career, but they all came after he was traded by the Mets. And Tom Seaver finally got his sole no-hitter as a Cincinnati Red during his first season away from the Mets. In fact, seven former Mets pitched no-hitters after leaving New York. Mike Scott (Houston Astros), Dwight Gooden (New York Yankees) David Cone (Yankees), Hideo Nomo (Boston Red Sox) and Philip Humber (Chicago White Sox) round out the list. Click here for more details.

Were there also Mets pitchers who threw no-hitters prior to joining the Mets?

Yep. Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates, while tripping on acid), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins), Scott Erickson (Minnesota Twins), Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers) and Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles Dodgers) all did it. Note that Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos before and after his stint with the Mets. Click here for more details on this group’s no-hitters.

There must be pitchers that have no-hit the Mets, right?

You are correct. Six pitchers have thrown no-hitters against the Mets during their years of existence. This group includes Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman, Ed Halicki and Darryl Kile.

Click here for more details on these games.

Was the Mets’ no-hitter drought the longest in Major League Baseball history

No. The Mets streak lasted 50+ seasons.No Hitters 8945 The Philadelphia Phillies were void of a no-hitter for 58 years, 1 month, 18 days between 1906 and 1964. The 8,945-game-long streak began on May 3, 1906, one game after Phillies’ southpaw Johnny Lush threw a 6-0 no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas. It ended on June 21, 1964, when Jim Bunning threw a 6-0 perfect game against the Mets during a Father’s Day doubleheader at Shea.

So are the Mets really cursed? How did that happen?

Well it’s no surprise that the Mets didn’t throw a no-hitter through most of the 1960s as they simply weren’t that good of a team. But with Ryan, Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Jon Matlack on the roster, the Mets surely had enough talent on the roster from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s to get it done. Some trace the curse back to Dec. 10, 1971, when the Mets traded Nolan Ryan along with pitcher Don Rose, catcher Francisco Estrada and outfielder Leroy Stanton to the California Angels for infielder Jim Fregosi. Ryan went on to throw seven no-nos and the Mets remained without until 2012.

I’m pretty sure the Mets had some one-hitters, right?

Yes, 38 to date, including two taken into the ninth inning by Tom Seaver. Most recently, Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell one-hit the Chicago White Sox over 10 innings on May 7, 2013. See the full list here.

No-hitters thrown by franchise


1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres


#30, the San Diego Padres

The NoNoHitters 30To celebrate the 30 days leading up to Opening Day 2015, NoNoHitters.com is highlighting each team’s no-no accomplishments in reverse order from the San Diego Padres (0) to the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (25)

We start with the San Diego Padres, the only major league team void of a no-hitter.

A San Diego Padres pitcher has never hurled a no-hitter?

46yearsandcountingThat’s correct … well, a Major League Padres pitcher has never hurled a no-hitter. Before the 1969 expansion the Padres were a minor league team in the Pacific Coast League, and the squad recorded three no-hitters. On May 7, 1959, Russ Heman no-hit the Vancouver Mounties en route to a 2-0 win, Allan Worthington no-hit Hawaii 5-0 on Aug. 26, 1961, and Sam Ellis got one against Tacoma on Aug. 14, 1962, 4-0.

So even with great pitchers like Randy Jones, Jake Peavy, Clay Kirby, the MLB club couldn’t break through?

None of them could do it, although 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.

So the Padres are cursed?

The Swinging FriarI have no idea, but perhaps a blessing from The Swinging Friar could help break it. Not sure if there’s a Franciscan prayer for no-hitters, but the gesture certainly couldn’t hurt.

And it’s a much better option than pulling a Pedro Cerrano to try to sacrifice The San Diego Chicken. Or … maybe the San Diego Chicken could sacrifice a VHS copy of “Major League: Back to the Minors.” That would do future moviegoers a ton of good.

There must have been some no-hitters against the Padres, right?

9You are correct. Padres teams have watched nine no-hitters during their 45 years of existence. This group of pitchers includes a pair thrown by Tim Lincecum in 2013 and 2014, and one each by Dock Ellis (while tripping on LSD), Milt Pappas, Phil Niekro, a Braves’ group of three (Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena), A.J. Burnett, Bud Smith and Jonathan Sanchez. For more detail, visit our No-hitters thrown against the Padres page.

I’m pretty sure the Padres had some one-hitters, right?

onehitters27Yes, 28 to date. Andrew Cashner, Randy Jones and Bruce Hurst had two each, Mat Latos and Andy Benes each had one complete game one-hitter and the majority of second ones that were cleaned up by the bullpen. Four of the Padres’ one-hitters were no-hitters until the eighth inning. For more detail, visit our Padres one-hitters page.

Hey, my tally shows two fewer Padres games than your count

You may be forgetting the Padres’ two tie games on the books: A June 9, 1980, 6-6 tie with the Cincinnati Reds called in the top of the 11th due to rain and a Sept. 28, 1983, 4-4 tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers called in the top of the 14th because of rain.

Back up a bit. Did you say that Dock Ellis no-hit the Padres while tripping on acid?

Yes, and it’s apparently not an urban legend. He thought the Pirates had a day off and decided to drop a few tabs before realizing that Pittsburgh had a doubleheader and he was scheduled to pitch Game 1. The Dallas Observer, an alternative weekly, has a comprehensive retelling of the odd feat, quoting a then drug-free Ellis, who passed away in 2008. The win apparently wasn’t pretty, as Ellis walked eight and hit at least one batter. To hear the tale in Ellis’ own words set to an animated video, visit our No-hitters against the Padres page.

Was the Mets’ no-hitter drought the longest in Major League Baseball history?

Phillies 8945 graphicNo. The Mets streak lasted 50+ seasons, or 8,019 regular season games. The Philadelphia Phillies were void of a no-hitter for 58 years, 1 month, 18 days between 1906 and 1964. The 8,945-game-long streak began on May 3, 1906, one game after Phillies’ southpaw Johnny Lush threw a 6-0 no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas. It ended on June 21, 1964, when Jim Bunning threw a 6-0 perfect game against the Mets during a Father’s Day doubleheader at Shea.

Any other streaks the Padres need to break?

hitsforcycle0Yes. In addition to never throwing a no-no, a San Diego player has never hit for the cycle (a home run, triple, double and single in the same game). The Padres share that distinction with just one team, the Miami Marlins, who entered the league in 1993 as the Florida Marlins. Even the Mets, who went 50+ years without a no-hitter, had 10 players hit for the cycle.

Have the Padres accomplished any rare feats?

tripleplays7Well there have been no no-nos or cycles, but the San Diego Padres have turned seven triple plays in their history. (See details on our Padres triple plays page.)

Unfortunately, triple plays have been more than twice as easy to obtain as no-hitters or hits for the cycle, which are truly baseball’s rare feats.

No-hitters thrown by franchise


0 San Diego Padres


Happy birthday to John Montgomery Ward, threw majors’ 2nd perfecto

johnwardJohn Montgomery Ward, who threw the majors’ second perfect game in 1880, was born 155 years ago today.

Ward threw his perfecto for the National League’s Providence Grays on June 17, 1880, shutting out the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 at the Messer Street Grounds in Providence.

Beating him to the punch five days earlier was Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs, who threw a June 12 perfect game against the Cleveland Blues at Worcester Driving Park Grounds.

Ward’s was the second of 23 perfect games, with the most recent being thrown by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.

Lehigh University pitchers throw 11-inning no-hitter

lehighTwo Lehigh University pitchers combined to throw an 11-inning no-hitter Saturday as the Mountain Hawks topped the Iona Gaels 2-0 during the first game of a doubleheader played in Summerville, South Carolina. (Read the full story here.)

Lehigh senior Nick Macaione threw nine innings of no-hit ball, yielding just one walk. Junior Kevin Boswick took the ball for the tenth and allowed just one walk over two no-hit innings.

The game remained deadlocked at 0 until the bottom of the 11th inning, when junior Justin Pacchioli ended the contest on a two-run, walk-off homer.

No-hitters happen quite often in college, though many are occur during seven-inning games played as part of a doubleheader.

Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Iona is a Catholic college in New Rochelle, New York, just north of Manhattan.

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