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Happy birthday to 4 no-no throwers, Blackwell, Bunning, Leiter and Smith

Four no-hitter throwers were born on this date: Ewell Blackwell, Jim Bunning, Al Leiter and Bud Smith.

Blackwell, born on this date in 1922, threw a no-no for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, against the Boston Braves. In his following start, Blackwell just missed duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s mark of two straight no-nos, losing his second no-no after 8 1/3 innings against Brooklyn.

Bunning, who turns 85 today, threw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox during the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on July 20, 1958. Bunning followed up that gem six years later as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium during the first game of a Father’s Day doubleheader on Sunday, June 21, 1964. Bunning was the first major-league pitcher to throw no-nos in both the AL and NL.

Leiter, celebrating his 51st birthday today, tossed the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ first no-hitter in franchise history. He blanked the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 11, 1996, for an 11-0 win at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Bud Smith, who turns 37 today, threw a no-hitter as a St. Louis Cardinals rookie on Monday, September 3, 2001, shutting down the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.

Dave Roberts: A modern-day Preston Gomez

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is quickly becoming a modern-day Preston Gomez.

Roberts pulled Rich Hill after Hill threw seven innings of perfect baseball Saturday, and the bullpen couldn’t complete what could have been the majors’ first combined perfecto as the Dodgers topped the Marlins in Miami 5-0.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig had just saved Hill’s perfect game in the seventh with a spectacular diving catch, and it was beginning to look like Hill might be poised to throw baseball’s 24th perfecto/296th no-hitter.

But Manager Dave Roberts decided to pull Hill after 89 pitches, opting for reliever Joe Blanton, and Hill clearly wasn’t happy. Blanton retired the first two batters before the pesky Jeff Francoeur drilled a 2-2 pitch off the glove of shortstop Corey Seager. It (weak argument here) could have been ruled an error, which would have killed the combined perfecto but kept the combined no-no intact, but it was properly ruled a base hit.

(Note that Rich Hill threw 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball back on Sept. 3.)

The situation prompted flashbacks to April 9, when the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling tossed 7⅓ innings of no-hit ball in his first major-league appearance before being pulled for a reliever who lost the no-no. When Stripling hit 100 pitches, Roberts took the ball and handed it to Chris Hatcher, who yielded a two-run homer to Trevor Brown to kill the chance of a combined no-hitter and even the score at 2-2. The Giants wound up winning that game in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off homer by Brandon Crawford.

Preston Gomez, of course, is known for twice pulling pitchers with no-hitters intact in which they were trailing in the runs column, once with the Padres’ Clay Kirby in 1970 and another with the Astros’ Don Wilson in 1974.

On a personal note, I was watching the MLB.tv broadcast of the game’s late innings on my cell phone while sitting at U.S. Cellular Field. (Fans around me were wondering why I kept looking down at my phone when the Sox had the bases loaded.)

Cards’ rookie Smith no-hits Padres, 15 years ago today

Bud Smith 2001 Topps Traded cardSt. Louis Cardinals rookie Bud Smith no-hit the San Diego Padres, 15 years ago today.

Smith, appearing in just his 13th major league game on Monday, September 3, 2001, struck out seven and walked four while holding the Padres hitless at Qualcomm Stadium en route to a 4-0 win. Smith threw 134 pitches during the game, and his Cardinals career wound up being short, and he pitched his last major league ballgame in July 2002.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Philadelphia Athletics’ Bill McCahan. At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park on Wednesday, September 3, 1947, McCahan no-hit the Washington Senators for 3-0 win.

Padres’ Jackson takes no-no into the 6th

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
The San Diego Padres’ Edwin Jackson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Wednesday night before giving up a leadoff single to Jordy Mercer. It marked the franchise’s 7,603rd game without a no-hitter.

Jackson reached the 7th inning with a no-hitter intact in his first start for San Diego, his 11th major league team, on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

In that game, the San Francisco Giants’ Conor Gillaspie tagged jackson three-run homer to right with one out in the 7th inning. The Padres held on to win 4-3.

Edwin Jackson flirts with no-no in first Padres start

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.

No-nos by Black, Sanchez on this date

Don Black
Don Black
The Cleveland Indians’ Don Black and the San Francisco Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez threw no-hitters on this date.

On July 10, 1947, during the first game of a Thursday doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium, Black no-hit the Philadelphia Athletics for a 3-0 win despite walking six batters — including two to start the contest. Black struck out five.

At AT&T Park on Friday, July 10, 2009, Sánchez threw the seventh no-hitter against the San Diego Padres franchise and the Giants’ first no-no in 33 years.

Sánchez struck out 11 and didn’t issue a single walk, losing his perfect game in the eighth inning when Chase Headley reached base on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe. Sánchez nearly lost the no-no in the ninth, but center-fielder Aaron Rowand robbed pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez with a leaping catch at the fence.

Lee breaks up Seaver’s no-no in 9th, 44 years ago today

The San Diego Padres’ Leron Lee killed Tom Seaver’s chance of throwing the first New York Mets’ no-hitter in the ninth inning, 44 years ago today.

Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning at Shea Stadium on July 4, 1972, although he walked two batters in the fourth and two batters in the eighth, so the perfect game was off the board.

Seaver took the mound in the ninth and got Dave Roberts to ground out before Leron Lee lined a ball up the middle to end the no-no bid. He then got Nate Colbert to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game for a 2-0 complete-game shutout, Seaver’s fourth career one-hitter.

Seaver struck out 11 batters, and the Mets scored their only runs with two outs in the third when Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool drew bases-loaded walks from the Padres’ Clay Kirby.

It was the Mets’ ninth one-hitter and it marked the team’s 1,692nd game without a no-hitter. On the other side, Kirby lost his no-hitter on Wayne Garrett’s first-inning single to move the Padres’ count to 556 games.

The Mets count ended at 8,019; the Padres count is at 7,572 games and still growing.

On this date, 1 Angels no-no, 3 missed Padres no-nos

nohitters0The California Angels’ Clyde Wright tossed a no-no 46 years ago today, but July 3 is also a big day San Diego no no-no history with three Padres pitchers taking no-hitters into the eighth inning.

On this day in 1975, Randy Jones took a perfect game into the eighth against the Cincinnati Reds but lost it when shortstop Hector Torres fielded a Tony Perez grounder and threw the ball into the stands for an error. Jones got George Foster to ground out to keep the no-no active through 7⅓, but said goodbye to that potential feat on a Bill Plummer double. He had to settle for his second one-hitter, with the earlier one coming in May of the same year.

On July 3, 1994, Andy Benes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the New York Mets but lost it on a Rico Brogna lead-off double. He held on for the one-hit complete game 7-0 shutout.

And on this day in 2004, the Padres’ Adam Eaton held the Kansas City Royals hitless for seven innings and had a 4-0 lead when Dee Brown lead off the eighth with a double to left. Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka wound up yielding three hits as Kansas City tied the game, but the Padres scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 5-4 victory.

There has been just one major league no-hitter on this date. On July 3, 1970, Wright tossed a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 win at Anaheim Stadium.

Lincecum tosses 2nd no-no vs. Padres, 2 years ago today

The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres for the second time in less than a year, two years ago today.

“The Freak” allowed just one baserunner, walking Chase Headley in the second. He retired the next 23 batters to complete the task at AT&T Park with a 4-0 victory. The only other major league pitcher to throw no-hitters against the same team is the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who tossed no-nos against the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908 and April 20, 1910.

On July 13, 2013, Lincecum struck out 13 Padres hitters at Petco Park but needed a 148th pitch to get Yonder Alonso to fly out to left and complete the 9-0 no-hitter.

Cleveland Naps pitcher Addie Joss, Bain News Service, 1910, LC-DIG-ggbain-08196.
Addie Joss
His no-no pitch count is just one shy of the record since Major League Baseball began tracking such things in 1988. Third-baseman Pablo Sandoval contributed to the effort with a seventh-inning backhand grab on a sharp grounder and Hunter Pence helped with a diving eighth-inning catch.

Lincecum’s 2013 no-hitter was Petco Park’s first.

Meanwhile, the Padres remain the only major league team with no no-no.

Pedro’s 9 perfect innings, 21 years ago today

Pedro Martinez's ball from his uncredited no-no in the Hall of Fame.
Pedro Martinez’s no-no ball
Pedro Martinez threw nine perfect innings but lost the no-no in the 10th, 21 years ago tonight. (Thanks to Dick Enberg for reminding me of this anniversary!)

On June 3, 1995, Martinez retired every San Diego Padres batter he faced, but his Expos couldn’t score a run so it headed for extra innings. The Expos managed to bring a runner home in the top of the tenth, but Martinez gave up a lead-off double in the bottom half of the inning and Mel Rojas was brought in to retire the final three batters. The 1-0 victory is not considered a no-hitter.

Martinez’s near-perfect game is one of 12 performances by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings. A narrow definition of the no-hitter adopted in 1991 keeps Martinez and the others out of the exclusive no-no club.