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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.
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.
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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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:
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.