Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Congratulations to pitcher Anibal Sanchez of the Florida Marlins. Tonight he pitched a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks in what was only his 14th start in the majors. He's 22 years old, so he's got lots of time to get another one. Most starters never get one. This no hitter is also the first no hitter since May 18th, 2004 when Randy Johnson threw a perfect game, that is a game where no runners were allowed on base, for, ironically, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although Sanchez gave up no hits he did have four walks in tonight's game. Fortunately for him none of these base runners went on to score. It is in fact possible to have a no hitter yet lose if runs are scored via walking a batter with the bases loaded or having runners on base reach home via an error. In 1990 Andy Hawkins of the New York Yankees pitched what was a no-hitter by the rules in place at the time, but lost the game 4-0 when a combination of two walks and 3 errors allowed the Chicago White Sox to score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

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