The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Thursday night before losing it on a Gregory Polanco homer to lead off the inning.
The lost no-no leaves us in a drought of more than a year dating back to April 21, 2016, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds.
Greinke had been facing the minimum, walking one and striking out 11 before Polanco went yard. The only runner to reach base before the homer, Jordy Mercer, was thrown out stealing in the third inning.
Greinke finished out the eighth and handed the ball to Fernando Rodney, who completed the one-hit 2-1 victory.
Frank Smith, Jeff Tesreau and Anibal Sanchez threw no-hitters on this date.
Smith, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, threw his first of two career no-hitters during the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Detroit’s Bennett Park on September 6, 1905. Smith had plenty of run support in this game, as the Sox accumulated 15 runs to shut out the Tigers.
Tesreau, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Ironton, Missouri, shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 during the first game of a Friday, September 6, 1912, doubleheader at National League Park. The scorecard initially credited Phillies leadoff batter Dode Paskert with a first-inning hit, but the official scorer changed his ruling after the game to give Tesreau the no-no. The disputed play was Paskert’s short fly ball near home plate that dropped between first baseman Fred Merkle and catcher Art Wilson.
“Each fielder got under the ball,” noted a story in the Washington Post. “Then fearing a collision, they permitted the ball to drop to the ground.”
Sanchez threw the fourth Florida Marlins no-hitter on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Pro Player Stadium for a 2-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sanchez’s no-no reaching 6,364.
Edwin Jackson nearly made San Diego Padres history Sunday afternoon, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a Conor Gillaspie three-run homer.
Jackson, who threw a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, walked five batters in this contest before serving up the dinger. It was his first start for the Padres.
Six years earlier, the German-born journeyman pitcher needed 149 pitches to no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays for a 1-0 victory at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old right-hander told Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch that it would take a hit to get him off the mound, and he completed the no-no by retiring Jason Bartlett on a groundout on pitch No. 149. We added him to our No-hitters … before they were Padres page.
Jackson’s effort marked the Padres deepest no-hit effort since May 5, when Colin Rea went 6⅔ innings against the New York Mets. That bid was ended by Yoenis Céspedes, who singled during a shift to the exact spot where the second baseman is normally stationed with two outs in the 7th inning.
Happy 32nd birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Anibal Sánchez, who threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins in 2006.
On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, Sánchez no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 2-0 win at Pro Player Stadium. His feat broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sánchez’s 2006 no-no reaching 6,364.
Sanchez nearly had a second no-hitter for the Tigers last season.
On July 3, 2015, Sánchez took a no-no against the Toronto Blue Jays into the eighth inning, but former Tiger Ezequiel Cabrera broke up the bid with a one-out single to left field. The Blue Jays went on to score six runs in the inning, but the Tigers held on an 8-6 victory.
Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected into the Hall of Fame, one year ago today.
Johnson, who won 303 games and lost 166 over a 22-year-career, threw two no-hitters. His first was a 1990 no-no for the Seattle Mariners, the first in that franchise’s history. His second was a 2004 perfect game for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first no-no in that franchise’s history.
Martínez, who posted a 219-100 record over an 18-year career, threw nine innings of perfect ball against the Padres on June 3, 1995, but his Expos couldn’t score a run and Martínez wound up giving up a hit in the 10th. It’s not considered a no-hitter.
Smoltz, a 22-year pitcher winning 213 games and losing 155, came within two outs of a no-hitter on May 27, 1990. Smoltz was no-hitting the Philadelphia Phillies through 8⅓ when Lenny Dykstra doubled to right. Von Hayes followed with an RBI single, so Smoltz had to settle for a 6-1 complete-game win.
The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum, who has tossed two career no-hitters, won his second straight Cy Young Award, six years ago today.
Lincecum is one of only three major league pitchers to win consecutive Cy Young Awards and throw multiple no-hitters. Lincecum won his NL Cy Young Awards in 2008-09. His no-hitters, both thrown against the San Diego Padres, came in 2003 and 2004.
The other two pitchers are:
Sandy Koufax — Consecutive NL Cy Young Awards from 1965-66, no-hitters for Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962, ’63 and ’64 and a perfect game in ’65
Randy Johnson — Consecutive NL Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002, a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners in 1990 and a perfect game in 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Johnny Vander Meer remains alone in the back-to-back no-no club.
The San Francisco Giants’ Chris Heston gave up a second-inning double to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb, missing his chance Sunday to tie Vander Meer’s record of being the only major league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters.
Vander Meer’s first was on Saturday, June 11, 1938, as he led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 no-hit victory at Crosley Field over the Boston Bees (Braves). His second, 77 years ago tomorrow, came in the first night game at Ebbets Field. On Wednesday, June 15, 1938, he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers for a 6-0 win.