Were you here? 55,000-plus fans can actually say they were at Dodger Stadium last night for history in the making. Not exactly the type of history we want to be making, but a win is a win, right?
It was just the fifth time in the modern era that a team managed to win a game without the benefit of a hit. As you can imagine, our department was looking up interesting tidbits for quite some time, so I’ll post those below.
Now the question for you all is, how many no-hitters have you seen in person? By my count, Vin Scully has seen 20, though I’ll have to check with him to see if perhaps he was off doing a game of the week when one of these took place.
Boston’s Vern Bickford against the Dodgers in 1950.
Two by Carl Erskine 1952 and 1956.
Don Larsen’s World Series perfecto.
Sal Maglie’s in 1956.
Four by Koufax.
Bill Singer in 1970.
John Candelaria in 1976 against the Dodgers.
Jerry Reuss in 1980 at Candlestick.
Nolan Ryan for Houston in 1981 against the Dodgers.
Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988 against the Dodgers.
Fernando’s on this date in 1990.
Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991.
Kevin Gross the next year.
Kent Mercker in 1994.
Ramon Martinez in 1995.
Hideo Nomo in 1996.
Still, even Vin had never seen what we saw last night. As for me, that’s only the second I’ve ever attended, as I was a fan down the right field line at Dodger Stadium for Mercker’s 1994 gem. How about all of you?
UPDATE: Just spoke to Vin and he missed Browning’s perfect game, but was at Jack Morris’ for a game of the week, so we still think it’s 20!
Here’s today’s lineup:
Last night’s game marked the fifth time since 1900 that a team won a game without the benefit of a hit. The four previous ones:
- April 12, 1992 (first game of a doubleheader) – The Indians beat Boston, 2-1, in Cleveland despite getting no-hit for 8.0 innings by Pasadena-born left-hander Matt Young.
- July 1, 1990 – The White Sox defeat the New York Yankees, 4-0, in Chicago despite facing 8.0 no-hit innings from right-hander Andy Hawkins.
- April 30, 1967 (first game of a doubleheader) – The Tigers defeat the Orioles, 2-1, in Baltimore despite a no-hit effort from Steve Barber (8.2) and Stu Miller (0.1).
- April 23, 1964 – The Reds defeated the Houston Colt 45s, 1-0, in Houston despite 9.0 innings of no-hit ball from Ken Johnson.
The Dodgers were held hitless last night for the first time since April 8, 1994, when Atlanta’s Kent Mercker turned the trick in a 6-0 win at Dodger Stadium…the only other time the Dodgers have been held hitless at Dodger Stadium was July 28, 1991, when Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game for the Montreal Expos.
The game last night marked the 17th time that the Dodgers did not get a hit in a game, which includes Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. On two occasions, the Dodgers have been held hitless for nine innings, only to notch a hit in extra innings and go on to win the game:
- April 15, 1909 when the New York Giants’ Leon Ames made his Major League debut and pitched 9.1 hitless innings but lost the game in the 13th inning, 3-0
- July 26, 1991 when the Montreal Expos’ Mark Gardner pitched 9.0 hitless innings but gave up a hit and lost the game in the 10th inning
There have been 82 players who have played for the Dodgers and Angels in their career and incredibly, six have thrown no-hitters – John Candelaria (8/19/1976), Kevin Gross (8/17.1992), Jerry Reuss (6/27/1980), Bill Singer (7/20/1970), Fernando Valenzuela (6/29/1990), Hoyt Wilhelm (9/20/58). Though last night’s Angel pitcher Jered Weaver does not fit that category, his older brother, Jeff, does.
Today marks the 18th anniversary of Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela’s no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium. In silencing the Cardinals, 6-0, on June 29, 1990, the southpaw walked three batters and struck out seven. On that same Friday night, Dave Stewart, a former Dodger, tossed a no-hitter for Oakland at Toronto. Speaking of no-hitters, tomorrow marks the 46th anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s National League-record fourth no-hitter. On June 30, 1962, the Hall of Famer recorded 13 strikeouts in no-hitting the New York Mets.
Today’s Dodger starter, Derek Lowe, threw a no-hitter on April 27, 2002 for Boston while facing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Lowe joins Dennis Eckersley as the only two pitchers in Major League history with a 20-win season, a 40-save season and a no-hitter.