Royals claim Schuster, so much for four consecutive no-nos

The Kansas City Royals have claimed Patrick Schuster – the man who threw four consecutive no-hitters in high school – off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

Schuster, 23, had accomplished the feat while pitching for Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla.

This spring, the lefty allowed two earned runs and 11 hits in eight innings of work (2.25 ERA). Schuster didn’t really have a shot at entering the rotation to see if he could accomplish a no-no at the Major League level, but he was looking to earn a spot in the bullpen.

Wisler, Erlin could keep 5th spot warm for Josh Johnson

Padres manager Bud Black is telling MLB.com that Robbie Erlin or Matt Wisler could fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation as Josh Johnson heals from a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

Black says the 21-year-old Wisler has a lot of poise despite his age, and he brings a fastball in the low 90s that moves and a good breaking ball. Wisler will have to continue working on his change-up, he says.

Black says Erlin has been around the big leagues and has pitched in Fenway and Wrigley, so he’s capable of doing good things on a Major League field.

Johnson will likely be out for a month to six weeks.

Astros pitcher throws mini-perfecto

The Houston Astros’ Jarred Cosart threw five innings of perfect baseball against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, striking out nine batters by mixing up a fastball in the 90s with a wicked breaking ball.

Houston’s Raul Valdes took the ball for the sixth inning but lost the no-hitter on a single by Nationals second-baseman Anthony Rendon.

Cosart last year went 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA with Houston last year.

Happy 70th Cito Gaston

A happy 70th birthday to former Padres outfielder Cito Gaston, who in 1970 was put in to pinch hit for Clay Kirby by manager Preston Gomez despite Kirby having a no-hitter through eight innings.

San Diego was down 1-0 to the New York Mets at the time. 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.

Gomez’s decision still haunts the Padres more than 43 years later as the team is still void of a no-no.

Yankees no-hit in Spring Training

The Marlins have just accomlished something that no other Major League team can claim – they no-hit a team in the country of Panama.

Four Miami pitchers combined for the 5-0 no-no against the New York Yankees in a game in Panama City honoring former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera.

Brad Hand threw the first five innings, striking out six while allowing a man to reach base on a hit batsman. Relievers Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero closed out the game, never allowing a hit.

Stats on preseason no-hitters aren’t easy to find. I do know that two New York Mets pitchers combined for a Spring Training no-hitter in 1965, and the Mets wouldn’t see a real one until 37 years later. On March 21, 1965, Gary Kroll and GOrdy Richardson combined for a 6-0 no-no against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Count ready to start climbing

nohitters0Our Padres no no-no count is now functional and ready to climb to 7,167 unless someone can pull a Bob Feller against the L.A. Dodgers in 16 days.

Feller, a Hall of Famer who pitched for the Cleveland Indians, is the only hurler to have thrown a no-hitter on Opening Day.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer account of the April 16, 1940 accomplishment notes: “The incredible farm boy, starting his first baseball season since he became of age last November, fired his bullets past the Chicago White Sox for nine long innings as he led the Indians to a 1-0 victory in the inaugural of the 1940 campaign.”

Feller’s stellar career was interrupted by his service in World War II, but he managed to pitch three no-nos and 12 one-hitters. He threw for the Indians from 1936-1941 and 1945–1956.

Happy birthday to the man who ended the Mets no-no streak

Happy 35th birthday to Johan Santana, the man who ended the New York Mets’ no no-hitters streak and passed the torch to the San Diego Padres. Here’s our original post from June 1, 2012:

The streak ends at 8,019: Santana no-hits Cards

For the first time in 8,019 games, a New York Mets game has ended with a zero in the opposing team’s “H” column.

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter Friday to accomplish what Nolan Ryan, Tom seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone could do only for other teams – not the Mets.

Santana scattered five walks and struck out eight during the 8-0 victory.

Sanatana’s no-no leaves the San Diego Padres as the only franchise without a no-hitter, and anoints the Padres with newfound infamy as the team with the longest drought. We haven’t yet worked out their current count.

The Mets drought stretched into the team’s 50th season, starting when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Julian Javier singled to left off Mets starter Roger Craig on April 11, 1962, during the Mets franchise’s first Major League game.

In addition to Ryan, Seaver, Gooden, Cone, Mike Scott and Hideo Nomo also pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets. Nomo is the only pitcher to hurl no-nos both before (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1996) and after (Boston Red Sox, 2001) his stints with the Mets.

The rest of the cast pitching no-hitters before joining the Mets includes Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Scott Erickson (Twins), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins) and Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers).

Thank you, Johan for finally breaking the curse.

Cashner having strong spring

Andrew Cashner has had an impressive spring, not giving up a run or walk in nine innings of work. Now the next step in our quest is to cut down on his hits allowed.

Cashner gave up five hits in four innings on Monday as the Padres topped the Colorado Rockies 5-0. NoNoHitters.com’s goal, as always, is zero hits in nine innings.

Cashner of course was the one who took a perfecto into the seventh inning late last season and finished the game with a 2-0 one-hitter over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Let’s pick up where September left off.

A marvelous night for a no-no

April 27, May and Sept. 30 have each had six no-hittersIf there’s going to be a San Diego Padres no-hitter this year, the best chances are on April 27 in Washington against the Nationals, May 15 in Cincinnati against the Reds or Sept. 20 at home against the San Francisco Giants.

Why? Each of those three days – April 27, May 15 or Sept. 20 – share the record for most no-hitters with six.

Throwing no-hitters on April 27 are Jim Tobin, one-time-Padre Tom Phoebus, Steve Busby, Scott Erickson, Derek Lowe and Kevin Milwood. The May 15 crew includes Claude Hendrix, Clyde Shoun, Virgil Trucks, Don Cardwell, Nolan Ryan and Len Barker.

Sept. 20 was good for Larry Corcoran, Jimmy “Nixey” Callahan, Nick Maddox, Frank Smith, Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Moose.

4 consecutive no-nos? Get Schuster in rotation

How’s this for a resume item to make the Padres this spring:

Patrick Schuster – “While at Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla., I threw four consecutive no-hitters.”

Hired!

For a team who hasn’t thrown a no-no in 45 years, this guy HAS to make the roster. So far this spring, he’s given up 6 hits in 3 innings of work, so he’s got a long way to go.

But, make him a starter. Quickly!

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