The Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb fell one out short of throwing the 300th no-hitter in major-league baseball history on Sunday.
Newcomb struck out eight and walked one over 8 2/3 innings until Chris Taylor singled to left with two out in the ninth inning. After Dan Winkler took over, Taylor took second on defensive indifference and Manny Machado drove him in with a single to left as the Braves topped the Dodgers 4-1.
The last no-hitter thrown by a Braves pitcher was 24 years, 3 months, 21 days ago, and it was against the Dodgers. On Friday, April 8, 1994, at Dodger Stadium, Kent Mercker tossed a no-no for a 6-0 win. Newcomb wasn’t even one year old at the time.
The Dodgers were last no-hit 2 years, 10 months, 30 days ago, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit L.A. at Dodger Stadium for a 2-0 win.
Newcomb was striving to become the fourth pitcher to toss a no-no wearing No. 15. he would have joined the Chicago White Sox’s Bob Keegan (1957), the Baltimore Orioles’ Hoyt Wilhelm (1958) and the Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick (1962).