The San Diego Padres came within four outs of the team’s first-ever no-hitter, one year ago today.
On April 20, 2018, Tyson Ross had been no-hitting the Arizona Diamondbacks through 7⅔ innings before pinch hitter Christian Walker hit a deep fly ball to center. Franchy Cordero misread the ball off the bat, then took a few steps in before backtracking and letting it hit the grass behind him for the game’s first hit, an RBI double that tied the game at 1.
That was it for Ross, who hit 127 pitches, striking out 10 and walking three. Closer Brad Hand came in got the last out of the eighth inning, then, after the Padres scored three runs in the top of the ninth, Hand struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 4-1 win.
With Walker’s hit, the Padres’ no no-hitters count hit 7,835 games.