This afternoon at Marlins Park in Miami a low profile noontime contest between the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals almost made history. For seven and a third innings Nats’ starter Max Scherzer held the Fish hitless. His dominant performance showed no sign of being stopped either. Marlins catcher A.J. Ellis was the first Marlin to touch Scherzer . With one out in the eighth, Ellis hit a ground ball that deflected off of the Washington hurler toward shortstop Trea Turner. Ellis would beat out the infield hit and end the no-hit bid. The Marlins would go on to win the game by the score of 2-1.
You may be asking why a no-hit bid that was broken up by an infield single (and became a loss for Scherzer) was targeted for the record books. Scherzer pitched two no-hitters back in 2015. If he would have gotten the last five Marlins without a hit, the Nationals’ hurler would have joined some elite company.
Max Scherzer came within five outs of his third career no-hitter today.
Only five pitchers in Major League Baseball history have three or more of these gems to their credit. Larry Corcoran, who pitched in the 1880’s for a Chicago team that predated the Cubs and White Sox, was the first to pitch three no-hitters. Cy Young and Bob Feller also authored no-hitters three times in their careers. Corcoran, Young, and Feller all have plaques in Cooperstown.
Bob Feller threw three no-hitters in his Hall of Fame career.
The other two pitchers that hit the three no-hitter plateau went on to do it again. Sandy Koufax threw four of them, including a perfect game. The all-time career no-hitter king is Nolan Ryan with an amazing seven of them!
Nolan Ryan pitched seven career no-hitters.
Marlins Park has already been the site of one no-hitter this year. On June 3rd, Miami’s Edinson Volquez no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks. That’s the beauty of the game of baseball, where else can history be made on a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the season?