The Atlanta Braves’ Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 25 years ago today.
Mercker, who had already thrown six innings of a combined Braves no-hitter in 1991, held the Dodgers to four walks (two of them in the first inning) on Friday, April 8, 1994 at Dodger Stadium, with only one Dodger reaching second base.
Mercker’s feat marked the 14th no-hitter in Braves history, with seven of those coming during the Beaneaters/Doves/Braves’ time in Boston, four being thrown by the Milwaukee team and three tossed by Atlanta Braves pitchers.
In the franchise’s 13th no-hitter on Wednesday, September 11, 1991, Mercker threw 6 hitless innings against the San Diego Padres at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before turning the ball over in the seventh to Mark Wohlers. Wohlers kept the no-no going for another two innings, and Alejandro Pena closed out the ninth for a 1-0 no-hit victory.Mercker’s 1994 no-no was the last thrown by an Atlanta Braves pitcher. The only teams in a longer drought are the Kansas City Royals (1991), the Baltimore Orioles (1991), the Toronto Blue Jays (1990), the Milwaukee Brewers (1987), the Cleveland Indians (1981) and the San Diego Padres (never), as chronicled on our Most recent no-hitters by major-league team page.