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.

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.

Cashner joins Jones, Hurst in two one-hitter club

Andrew 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

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. 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.

Langston-Witt no-no, 24 years ago today

Mark 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.

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.

Hurst throws Padres’ 13th one-hitter, 25 years ago today

25 years ago today, a day after recording their sixth triple play in franchise history, the San Diego Padres notched their 13th one-hitter.

On April 10, 1989, Bruce Hurst was making his second start of the season after getting tagged by San Francisco Giants hitters for seven earned runs on 10 hits during his Padres debut six days earlier.

Hurst, who signed as a free agent from the Boston Red Sox, brought much better stuff to Jack Murphy Stadium on this day. The southpaw struck out 13 and allowed just a single hit to lead the Padres to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. The only hit Hurst allowed was a two-out homer by Lonnie Smith in the third inning, scoring the pitcher Pete Smith, who had walked.

The complete-game one-hitter was the 13th in franchise history, and it came a day after the team turned an ever rarer feat – a triple play.

Hurst would toss another one-hitter for the Friars on May 18, 1992, during a home game against the New York Mets. In that contest, Hurst held on to the no-no into the sixth inning when Chico Walker killed it with a single to short.

Padres record 6th triple play, 25 years ago today

tripleplays725 years ago today, the San Diego Padres turned their sixth of seven triple plays in franchise history.

On April 9, 1989, after Eric Show began the bottom of the eighth inning by walking Kevin Bass, Manager Jack McKeon brought in Mark Davis to face Greg Gross. Gross laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached first on an error by second baseman Roberto Alomar. Ken Caminiti stepped to the plate and hit a liner down the third base line, which was fielded by third-baseman Luis Salazar, who threw to Alomar for one, and Alomar threw to Jack Clark for the double play.

Clark realized that Bass was heading home and threw to catcher Mark Parent, who tagged out Bass at the plate. The Padres wound up winning 5-4.

Since 1969, the Padres have turned seven triple plays. (Read about the others on our Padres triple plays page.)

45 years ago today: Alou tags Selma for lead-off single, no no-no count begins

pad145 years ago today, Padres Opening Day starter Dick Selma gave up a lead-off single to the Houston Astros’ Jesus Alou to begin the San Diego Padres no no-hitters count.

Earlier that day, on April 8, 1969, the New York Mets’ no no-hitters count reached 1,137 when Bob Bailey of the Montreal Expos tagged Tom Seaver for a first-inning RBI double. The Mets’ count would climb to 8,019 games over that franchise’s 50-year history before finally halting on June 1, 2012, with Johan Santana’s no-no.

The Padres count, meanwhile, has since climbed to 7,172 games.

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