Nine Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a Spring Training 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros, four year ago today.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, the pitchers combined to allow two earned runs on nine walks while striking out nine in Kissimmee, Florida, in a 10-inning game that ended in a 2-2 tie. They were: Cody Martin (2), Jim Johnson (1), Josh Outman (1), Brandon Cunniff (1), Ian Thomas (1), Mauricio Cabrera (1), Lucas Sims (1), Justin Jackson (1), Jairo Heredia (1).
The Braves franchise is responsible for six of the 31 documented Spring Training no-hitters, though two came against college opponents and one was hurled by a five-some of strike replacement players:
- The Boston Braves’ Warren Spahn (7) and Ernie Johnson (3) combined to no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sunday, April 6, 1952 for a 1-0 win at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia.
- On Saturday, February 29, 1964, Milwaukee Braves’ rookies Dick Kelley (3), Larry Maxie (3) and Phil Niekro (3) teamed up to no-hit the University of Miami Hurricanes for a 1-0 win at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium.
- On Monday, March 11, 1974, the Atlanta Braves’ Ron Reed (3), Dave Cheadle (2), Joe Grzenda (2) and Jamie Easterly (2) no-hit the New York Yankees for a 4-0 victory at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium.
- During the 1994-’95 baseball strike, replacement Atlanta Braves Jose Alvarez (3), Phil Harrison (2), Eric Mora (2), Keith Brown (1), Daren Brown (1) no-hit the replacement New York Mets for a 5-0 win at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium on Monday, March 6, 1995
- On Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at Kissimmee’s Cracker Jack Stadium, Zach Miner (2), Daniel Curtis (2), Macey McBride (2), Anthony Lerew (2) and Kevin Berry (1) no-hit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for a 12-0 win.
Of course Spring Training no-hitters don’t count, but here are the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves no-hitters that do count: Braves No-hitters.
Note that only one official major league no-hitter has ended in a tie, and that was back in 1884. In that Oct. 4 game, the Brooklyn Atlantics’ Sam Kimber no-hit the Toledo Blue Stockings in an American Association game at Brooklyn’s Washington Park that lasted 10 innings.