Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 4-0 Cactus League win at Tempe Diablo Stadium, two years ago today.
The Friday, March 24, 2017 feat marked the second no-hitter of that spring exhibition season, with the New York Yankees no-hitting the Detroit Tigers in Florida just a week earlier. The Angels’ Bud Norris began the game by throwing two perfect innings, and Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey, Austin Adams, Drew Gagnon, Justin Anderson and Abel De Los Santos each followed with single no-hit innings.
All three ninth-inning outs were nail-biters. First baseman C.J. Cron made a diving play and tossed to a covering Anderson for the first out, and right fielder Shane Robinson followed with a diving catch on a short liner. Then, third baseman Sherman Johnson made a diving stop and threw to Cron to complete the no-no.
The effort marked the most pitchers used for a nine-inning spring training no-hitter. In 2015, nine Atlanta Braves combined to throw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Houston Astros. That game ended in a 2-2 tie.