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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.

Nats’ Strasburg takes NLDS no-hitter into the 6th inning

The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg took a National League Divisional Series no-hitter into the sixth inning on Friday night in the team’s opening game against the Chicago Cubs.

With a runner on second and two out in the sixth, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant singled to break up the no-hitter and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Bryant reached second on the throw and later scored.

Zimmermann tosses Nats’ first no-no, 3 years ago today

Jordan Zimmermann tossed the Washington Nationals’ first no-no since the franchise’s move to the nation’s capital, three years ago today.

Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins on the final game of the 2014 season at Nationals Park on September 28, striking out 10 batters while issuing just a single walk for a 1-0 victory.

The Nats’ Steven Souza Jr. saved the no-no on the final play with a diving catch. Souza, a rookie outfielder inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth, chased down a two-out deep fly ball to left center and made the grab near the warning track for the game’s final out. Teammates mobbed Zimmermann,

The losing pitcher was Henderson Alvarez, who tossed a no-no for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 regular season. That game ended on a rare walk-off wild-pitch.

Although it was the first no-hitter for the Nationals, the franchise had recorded four no-hitters north of the border as the Montreal Expos:

  • Bill Stoneman, April 17, 1969, against the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Stoneman, Oct. 2, 1972 (game one of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.
  • Charlie Lea, May 10, 1981 (game two of doubleheader), against the San Francisco Giants
  • Dennis Martinez, July 28, 1991, a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Nats’ Max Scherzer has since tossed the second and third Nationals no-hitters:

  • Saturday, June 20, 2015, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Saturday, October 3, 2015 (second game of doubleheader), against the New York Mets.

Astros’ Dierker no-hits Expos, 41 years ago today

195_larrydierkerThe Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker no-hit the Montreal Expos, 41 years ago today.

On Friday, July 9, 1976, Dierker walked four and struck out eight at the Astrodome to lead Houston to a 6-0 no-hit victory. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander from Hollywood, California, told the Associated Press’ B.F. Kellum that he figured if he was going to pitch a no-no, it would have come early in his career.

“I didn’t think I had the stuff to pitch a no-hitter,” Dierker told the AP. “It’s hard to believe.”

Dierker nearly threw a perfect game in 1966. In a Sept. 30 game against the New York Mets that remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, Dierker took the mound and immediately gave up double to Mets’ third baseman Eddie Bressoud. That set the wheels in motion, as Dierker threw a wild pitch to Ron Hunt (pinch-hitting for left fielder Danny Napoleon) allowing Bressoud to reach third and then served up a pitch that resulted in a Hunt walk-off single to right.

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.

Mountain threw Columbus’ second and final no-no, 133 years ago today

Frank Mountain
Frank Mountain
Frank Mountain threw the second and final no-hitter in Columbus Buckeyes history, 133 years ago today.

Mountain, on June 5, 1884, no-hit the Washington Nationals of the American Association for a 12-0 win on the Capitol Grounds. Just a week earlier, teammate Ed Morris no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) for a 5-0 win at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park.

in 1884, the New York Metropolitans captured the AA pennant but lost the World Series 3-0 to the National League champion Providence Grays.

The Buckeyes folded before the start of the 1885 season.

Happy birthday to Mark Gardner, threw 9 no-hit innings in ’91

Montreal Expos logoHappy 55th birthday to San Francisco Giants pitching coach Mark Gardner, who threw nine no-hit innings in 1991 but lost the game in extra innings.

Pitching at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 26, 1991, Gardner no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers through nine, but the Montreal Expos couldn’t score a run, leaving the game locked in a scoreless tie. Gardner lost his no-no when Lenny Harris led off the 10th by chopping a blooper over the mound that shortstop Spike Owen couldn’t get to in time.

Gardner allowed Eddie Murray to single before Manager Tom Runnells placed a call to the bullpen for Jeff Fassero.

Up came Darryl Strawberry, and he poked a singled to left to drive in Harris and give the Dodgers a 1-0 win. Gardner was charged with the loss, as he had responsibility for the base runner. Watch it all here:

Lea and Galvin, no-hitter throwers with Christmas birthdays

Pud Galvin
Pud Galvin
Merry Christmas to all, and on this day we’ll also celebrate the birth of two no-hitter throwers born 100 years apart.

Charlie Lea, the only no-hitter pitcher born in France, entered the world on this day in 1956 into the town of Orleans, which sits about 69 miles southwest of Paris. Lea tossed a no-no for the Montreal Expos in 1981. On May 10, 1981, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Lea no-hit the San Francisco Giants for a 4-0 win.

Born 100 years before Lea was Pud Galvin, who tossed a no-no for the National League’s Buffalo Bisons in 1880. At Buffalo’s Riverside Park on Friday, August 20, 1880, Galvin no-hit the Worcester Ruby Legs for a 1-0 win, the first of his two no-hitters.

Galvin followed it up with a road no-hitter at Detroit’s Recreation Park against the Wolverines on Monday, August 4, 1884. Buffalo won 18-0 in game that still holds the record for the biggest run differential in a major league no-no.

Martinez, Rogers threw perfect games on this date

Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date.

At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win.

Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny Rogers threw a 4-0 perfecto against the California Angels at The Ballpark at Arlington.

The other no-hitter was a combination effort by the Chicago White Sox’s John “Blue Moon” Odom (5 inn.) and Francisco Barrios (4 inn.), who no-hit the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, July 28, 1976 for a 2-1 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Astros’ Dierker no-hits Expos, 40 years ago today

195_larrydierkerThe Houston Astros’ Larry Dierker no-hit the Montreal Expos, 40 years ago today.

On Friday, July 9, 1976, Dierker walked four and struck out eight at the Astrodome to lead Houston to a 6-0 no-hit victory. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander from Hollywood, California, told the Associated Press’ B.F. Kellum that he figured if he was going to pitch a no-no, it would have come early in his career.

“I didn’t think I had the stuff to pitch a no-hitter,” Dierker told the AP. “It’s hard to believe.”

Dierker nearly threw a perfect game in 1966. In a Sept. 30 game against the New York Mets that remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, Dierker took the mound and immediately gave up double to Mets’ third baseman Eddie Bressoud. That set the wheels in motion, as Dierker threw a wild pitch to Ron Hunt (pinch-hitting for left fielder Danny Napoleon) allowing Bressoud to reach third and then served up a pitch that resulted in a Hunt walk-off single to right.