A nine-inning no-hitter is one of the toughest accomplishments in sports, but an 11-inning no-hitter rarely happens.
The Spokane Indians (Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers) threw a combined no-hitter against the Everett AquaSox (the Seattle Mariners' Single-A affiliate) on Sunday.
Neither team had a hit through three innings, but Spokane's bats woke up after Everett went to its bullpen in the fourth inning. Although the AquaSox were able to get hits, they were unable to dent the plate even once in nine innings. It took until the 11th inning for either team to score.
Spokane's Luke Tendler gave his team a 3-0 lead with a home run in the 11th. After that, all eyes were on the Indians' Luis Pollorena to see if he could complete the no-hitter.
Pollorena finished off the AquaSox to give the team its first no-hitter since 2002.
Here are the pitching lines for the Indians in the game:
The man who finished the no-hitter tweeted out his thoughts on the historic game:
According to MiLB.com's Tyler Maun, it marked the first time that there was an extra-inning no-hitter in Northwest League history.
[Twitter, h/t Sports Illustrated]