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Orioles’ John Capability Throws 1st Career No-Hitter in Elegant Effort vs. Mariners

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The 2021 season has its third no-no.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Capability threw a no-hitter versus the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, striking out 12 batters in an even show.

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He. Capability. Exchange.

Orioles ace @JMeans25 has thrown a no-hitter in Seattle! pic.twitter.com/orYIc9nsSJ

How shut was he to a ideal game? Handiest Sam Haggerty reached unsightly in the third inning after a wild pitch on a third strike. He was erased when he was caught stealing 2nd unsightly.

It was Baltimore’s first no-hitter since Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson blended for one in 1991. Sooner than that, the legendary Jim Palmer pulled off the feat in 1969.

As Jayson Stark of The Athletic illustrious, Palmer faced 35 batters in his no-no because he gave up six walks and the protection dedicated two errors. Capability’ afternoon went a bit smoother. He was untouchable.

Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports

John Capability threw 26 of 27 first-pitch strikes nowadays. That is 96.3%

Handiest 1 pitcher since 2000 has faced a minimal of 25 batters in a game and had a increased 1st-pitch strike pct: Brad Radke on June 30, 2004 — 96.4% (27 of 28)

And he made some history along the plan:

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Capability did no longer allow a success, trip or hit by pitch, whereas his workforce dedicated 0 errors.

Here’s the first time ever that a pitcher has thrown a non-ideal no-hitter and not utilizing a walks, hit by pitches, or errors.

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John Capability is the first AL pitcher with 12+ Ks & 0 BB in a no-hitter since Félix Hernández in 2012. pic.twitter.com/rTWSESxJqL

David Salituro @DavidSalituro

To search out the final time an Orioles pitcher threw a no-hitter on the side motorway, that you can want to head your total plan support to…1912.

Earl Hamilton of the St. Louis Browns threw one against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 30.#Orioles #Birdland

If there have been questions about whether or no longer Capability might perhaps also fair be Baltimore’s ace, well, he’s answered them. He is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA, a minuscule 0.67 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 46 innings during seven starts.

This no-hitter will seemingly be talked about for the controversy surrounding it to boot, as some of us were bigger than a bit frustrated that a strikeout trace Capability a ideal game:

Ben Verlander @Verly32

🚨JOHN MEANS NO-HITTER BUT IM FURIOUS!! CHANGE THE RULE!🚨#Birdland pic.twitter.com/j1QNufNqnQ

Britt Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

I’m sorry but John Capability if truth be told had a ideal game and the dropped third strike rule fully sucks.

Meg Rowley @megrowler

drained: debating whether or no longer this is a ideal game
wired: utilizing this game to rail against the dropped third strike rule

It is miles the most modern no-hitter controversy after Arizona Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner threw seven innings of hitless ball against the Atlanta Braves final Sunday. The game was swish seven innings since it was allotment of a doubleheader, so MLB might perhaps also fair no longer rely it as a no-no since it did no longer slump 9 innings.

No person’s taking Capability’ no-hitter away. But this will doubtless be argued that his efficiency deserved better than the dropped third strike rule enables and that he wants to be immortalized amongst the 23 pitchers who have performed perfection.

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