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Scherzer takes no-no into the 7th but Cubs top Nats to take lead in NLDS

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before losing his bid on a one-out double by the Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist. The Cubs won 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Divisional Series.

Jayson Werth barehanded Zobrist’s liner to left center from the Wrigley Field ivy, but Zobrist reached second safely on a headfirst slide just ahead of Werth’s throw. The Nationals went to the bullpen, and Sammy Solis gave up an RBI single to pinch hitter Albert Almora Jr. to tie the game at 1.

The Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Anthony Rizzo blooped a ball onto the outfield grass between Washington’s left fielder, center fielder and shortstop.

Scherzer no-hits Pirates, 2 years ago yesterday

Hooks Wiltse baseball card.
‘Hooks’ Wiltse
The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer threw baseball’s 289th no-hitter two years ago yesterday, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no.

Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced on June 20, 2015, before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth inning, losing the perfect game. He then got Josh Harrison to fly out to left to complete the no-hitter. Scherzer struck out 10 batters and walked no one.

Only one other pitcher lost a perfect game by hitting the 27th batter yet recovered to save the no-no, and it was in 1908.

The New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse retired the first 26 Philadelphia Quakers he faced during the first game of a July 4 doubleheader that year before hitting opposing pitcher George McQuillan on the arm. The game at the time was a 0-0 tie. The Giants scored in the top of the 10th and Wiltse got his three outs in the bottom half to complete the no-no for a 1-0 win.

Scherzer threw a second no-hitter less than four months later, no-hitting the New York Mets at Citi Field for a 2-0 victory. He came close to throwing a third on Tuesday night, zapping the Miami Marlins into the eighth before losing his no-no bid on an A.J. Ellis come-backer.

Scherzer no-hits Pirates, 1 year ago today

Hooks Wiltse baseball card.
‘Hooks’ Wiltse
The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer threw baseball’s 289th no-hitter one year ago today, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no.

Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced on June 20, 2015, before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth inning, losing the perfect game. He then got Josh Harrison to fly out to left to complete the no-hitter. Scherzer struck out 10 batters and walked no one.

Only one other pitcher lost a perfect game by hitting the 27th batter yet recovered to save the no-no, and it was in 1908.

The New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse retired the first 26 Philadelphia Quakers he faced during the first game of a July 4 doubleheader that year before hitting opposing pitcher George McQuillan on the arm. The game at the time was a 0-0 tie. The Giants scored in the top of the 10th and Wiltse got his three outs in the bottom half to complete the no-no for a 1-0 win.

Expos throw no-hitter in 9th game, 47 years ago today

The Colorado Rockies aren’t the only franchise to exit the no no-no club on this day.

Montreal Expos logoForty-seven years ago today, on April 17, 1969, the Montreal Expos’ Bill Stoneman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies for a 7-0 victory at Connie Mack Stadium in just the Expos’ ninth game. It’s the earliest a franchise has ever knocked the accomplishment off its bucket list. Stoneman would get one more no-no in 1972 and Expos pitchers would throw two more before the move to D.C. Jordan Zimmermann threw the Nationals’ first no-no on Sept. 28, 2014. Max Scherzer added two Nationals no-hitters last season.

The San Diego Padres, an expansion partner of the Expos, are still awaiting the team’s first no-hitter.

Here’s when the other two 1969 expansion teams exited the no no-no club:

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals logoIn his 10th Major League start, Kansas City Royals starter Steve Busby no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 3-0 victory on April 27, 1973 despite walking five batters. Busby would throw another no-hitter on June 19, 1974, becoming the first pitcher to ever throw two no-nos in his first two full seasons (he had thrown a couple late-season games in 1972). Other Royals pitchers would throw two more no-hitters to give the franchise a total of four.

Seattle Pilots

Seattle Pilots logoThe Pilots lasted just one season in Seattle, and the team couldn’t notch a no-hitter or even a one-hitter during those 162 games (they did get three two-hitters). After the squad moved to Milwaukee and was renamed the Brewers, the franchise would have to wait 17 years for its first no-hitter. 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.

Scherzer says there will be no no-no to tie Vander Meer

Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
For the third straight off-season, we’re on active Johnny Vander Meer watch.

Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter on the penultimate day of the 2015 season, blanking the New York Mets 2-0. That means he could theoretically tie Vander Meer’s major-league of back-to-back no-hitters record by tossing one in his first start of the 2016 season. Could it happen?

No way, according to the SB Nation-Federal Baseball blog, as early-season pitch counts and big-money contracts don’t let star arms go deep into early games.

“I’m not throwing a no-hitter Opening Day,” Scherzer said. “I can’t — it’s just not going to happen.”

It didn’t happen the previous two season either. The Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no on the final day of the 2014 season. He got the start against the Mets in the second game of the 2015 season and got the W, but he gave up one run on six hits in six innings worth of work.

The Miami Marlins’ Henderson Álvarez no-hit the Detroit Tigers on the final game of the 2013 season on a walk-off wild pitch, but things didn’t go as well in his next start. In the third game of the Marlins’ 2014 season, the Colorado Rockies sent Álvarez to the showers after just three innings when the righty gave up six runs on seven hits.

Does $20M a year set the bar for a no-hitter?

Does Zack Greinke's new contract turn up the heat to toss a no-hitter?
Does Zack Greinke’s new contract turn up the heat to toss a no-hitter?
It appears that if you want to have at least one career no-hitter under your belt these days, it helps to make at least $20 million a season.

Off-season contracts have been skyrocketing lately, and it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke and the Boston Red Sox’s David Price owe their fans some no-nos. The other two pitchers to net big raises ahead of 2016’s Opening Day, Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann, already notched their no-hitters during their time with Washington Nationals.

Pitcher Team Avg. Salary Year No-nos
Zack Greinke ARZ $34.4 million 2016 0
David Price BOS $31 million 2016 0
Max Scherzer DET $30 million 2016 2
Jordan Zimmermann DET $22 million 2016 1

Of the other pitchers to earn more than $20 million per season, only Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka failed to achieve the rare feat:

Pitcher Team Salary Year No-nos
Clayton Kershaw LAD $32.6 million 2015 1
Justin Verlander DET $38 million 2015 2
Johan Santana NYM $25.5 million 2013 1
Cliff Lee PHI $25 million 2013 0
Felix Hernandez SEA $24.9 million 2015 1
CC Sabathia NYY $24.3 million 2010 0
Cole Hamels PHI/TEX $23.5 million 2015 1
Tim Lincecum SFG $22 million 2013 2
Masahiro Tanaka NYY $22 million 2015 0
Matt Cain SFG $21 million 2015 1

Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of season

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer has thrown his second no-hitter of the season, stifling the New York Mets’ offense Saturday at Citi Field during the second game of a doubleheader for a 2-0 victory.

Scherzer is only the fifth major league pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season, joining Johnny Vander Meer (1938 in back-to-back starts), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973). Roy Halladay threw no-hitters in the same season in 2010, but his second was tossed in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Scherzer was throwing a perfect game until the sixth inning, when third baseman Yunel Escobar threw wild to first base for an error.

Scherzer also tied Nolan Ryan’s record for most strikeouts in a no-hitter with 17. Ryan set the mark during his second no-hitter as a member of the California Angels on Sunday, July 15, 1973, against the Tigers.

The game marks the second time the Mets have been no-hit in 2015, as the San Francisco Giants no-hit the Mets on June 9 at Citi Field. The circa-1962 Mets have now been no-hit eight times, one more than the circa 1901 New York Yankees.

And with Scherzer’s no-hitter, 2015 has tied the modern day season record of 7 set in 1990 and tied in 1991 and 2012. The 1884 season boasted 8 no-nos.

It was Scherzer’s second straight start with no-hit stuff. He reached the eighth inning with a no-no intact against the Cincinnati Reds on September 28, losing it when Tucker Barnhart lined a single to left with one out in the eighth inning.

On June 14, in the start just before his first no-hitter of 2015, Scherzer no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers through 6 innings before Carlos Gomez blooped a single over the second baseman’s head to lead off the seventh inning. Scherzer completed the task six days later by no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, June 20, 2015 for a 6-0 victory at Nationals Park.

Scherzer, who has one 2015 no-no, loses one in 8th

Max Scherzer, who already has one 2015 no-hitter under his belt, reached the eighth inning with a no-no intact against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Scherzer lost Monday’s no-no when Tucker Barnhart lined a single to left with one out in the eighth inning.

On June 14, in the start just before his no-hitter, Scherzer no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers through 6 innings before Carlos Gomez blooped a single over the second baseman’s head to lead off the seventh inning. Scherzer completed the task six days later by no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, June 20, 2015 for a 6-0 victory at Nationals Park.

Nationals’ Max Scherzer throws no-hitter vs. Pirates

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer has thrown baseball’s 289th no-hitter, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no.

Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth inning, losing the perfecto. He got Josh Harrison to fly out to left to complete the no-hitter. Scherzer struck out 10 batters on the day and walked no one.

Only one other pitcher lost a perfect game by hitting the 27th batter yet recovered to save the no-no, and it was in 1908. The New York Giants’ George “Hooks” Wiltse retired the first 26 Philadelphia Quakers he faced during the first game of a July 4 doubleheader that year before hitting opposing pitcher George McQuillan on the arm. The game at the time was a 0-0 tie.

The Giants scored in the top of the 10th and Wiltse got his three outs in the bottom half to complete the no-no for a 1-0 win.