The Cleveland Indians fell three outs shy of Major League Baseball’s 300th no-hitter on Thursday, losing a combined effort against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field.
Trevor Bauer tossed seven innings of no-hit ball despite giving up six bases on balls and hitting a batter before leaving the game after 117 pitches. Jon Edwards took the mound and trudged through two-thirds of a no-hit inning, issuing two walks and hitting a batter, which prompted Manager Terry Francona to call for closer Brad Hand. Hand induced an infield pop fly from to strand the three runners in the eighth and took the mound to close out the ninth, but he gave up a leadoff single to Freddy Galvis.
Outside of the San Diego Padres, the Indians are enduring the longest active no no-hitters streak for 37 years, 10 months, 20 days. Cleveland’s last no-no was when Len Barker tossed a perfect game against the Blue Jays on Friday, May 15, 1981 at Cleveland Stadium for a 3-0 win.
The last no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays was thrown 10 months, 23 days ago, when the Seattle Mariners’ James Paxton no-hit the Jays for a 5-0 win at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He became the first Canadian-born pitcher to toss a no-no in his home country.