MLB: Most Recent Victim of a No-Hitter for Each Franchise

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IAugust 16, 2012

MLB: Most Recent Victim of a No-Hitter for Each Franchise

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    Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and it was a glorious day in Seattle Mariners history.

    For the Rays, it was yet another day where their inability to get a hit was etched into history. This was the fourth no-hitter thrown against Tampa Bay since 2009.

    With attention given to the team that got the no-hitter, why not turn the tables and look at the victims?

    This is a compilation of each team's most recent victimizationโ€”the latest time they were on the receiving end of a no-hitter.

    Assuming that Tampa Bay does gets a hit today, it should be up to date for the next 24 hours.

    And you will not believe which team has gone the longest without a no-hitter thrown against them.

Tampa Bay Rays: August 15, 2012

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    Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners threw a perfect game against the Rays in Safeco Field.

    The talented Rays keep getting no hit. Since 2009, four pitchers have held the Rays hitless. In fact, of the 23 perfect games in history, three of them have been against the Rays since 2009. The perfectos by Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden and Hernandez make up for 13 percent of every perfect game ever pitched in the majors.

    Oddly, when they were the lowly Devil Rays, they were only no hit once. Derek Lowe did the trick in 2002.

Houston Astros: June 13, 2012

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    Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw a perfect game against the Astros in AT&T Park.

    Some of the greatest pitchers in baseball history have pitched for the Giants. But no Giant pitcher, not Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbel, Juan Marichal nor Gaylord Perry, ever threw a perfect game until Matt Cain shut down the Astros.

    Not long after the 10-0 loss, Astros GM Jeff Luhrow began to dismantle the team. Perhaps he had seen enough.

Los Angeles Dodgers: June 8, 2012

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    Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen of the Seattle Mariners combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers at Safeco Field.

    The Dodgers had been the victim to perfect games by Tom Browning and Dennis Martinez and Nolan Ryan's fifth no-hitter.

    Two of the most famous no-hitters in history came at the Dodgers' expense. Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no-hitter in 1938 was in Brooklyn. And of course, Don Larsen threw his perfect game in the 1956 World Series against a Hall of Fame Dodger lineup.

    In the combined no-hitter, the Dodgers were missing MVP candidate Matt Kemp, who no doubt could have added some spark in the 1-0 loss.

St. Louis Cardinals: June 1, 2012

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    Johan Santana of the New York Mets threw a no-hitter against the Cardinals in Citi Field.

    The Mets had gone their entire history without a no-hitter. And then they had the indignity of seeing former Mets get no-hitters left and right, including Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Cone and Philip Humber. Former Met Nolan Ryan also threw a few.

    But the streak ended against the World Champion Cardinals thanks to Maestro Santana. Of course, Carlos Beltran's line drive sure looked fair, but who is counting?

Minnesota Twins: May 2, 2012

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    Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim threw a no-hitter against the Twins in Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

    Former Twin Torii Hunter recorded the final out as Weaver walked a single Minnesota batter.

    Prior to Weaver's masterpiece, the Twins had been the victims to perfect games by Catfish Hunter and Davis Wells, as well as Nolan Ryan's third career no-hitter.

    The Twins were never no hit in the batter-friendly Metrodome.

Seattle Mariners: April 21, 2012

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    Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game against the Mariners in Safeco Field.

    The enigmatic Humber shut down a weak-hitting Mariner team. There must be something in the air in Seattle, as his perfect game was the first of three no-hitters and two perfectos in Safeco in the 2012 season.

    The Mariners were previously no hit by their former ace, Mark Langston, with help from Mike Witt in 1990, the year after he could not come to a contract extension with Seattle.

    Dwight Gooden's no-hitter in 1996 also came at Seattle's expense against a lineup that featured Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner.

Cleveland Indians: July 27, 2011

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    Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim threw a no-hitter against the Indians in Progressive Field.

    Prior to Santana's gem, the Indians were no hit by Blue Jays star Dave Steib in 1990. The Toronto ace had lost no-hitters three times with two outs in the ninth prior to his September 2, 1990 no-hitter.

    Jim Abbott threw his inspirational no-hitter in 1993 as a member of the Yankees against Cleveland.

    In 1992, Red Sox pitcher pitched a complete game with no hits. But he only pitched eight innings as the Red Sox took the loss, 2-1.

Toronto Blue Jays: May 7, 2011

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    Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

    Before Verlander's gem, the Blue Jays fell to Len Barker's perfect game in 1981 in Cleveland. Also, Nolan Ryan threw his seventh and final career no-hitter against the Blue Jays, striking out future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar to seal the deal.

Chicago White Sox: May 3, 2011

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    Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins threw a no-hitter against the White Sox in U.S. Cellular Field.

    The White Sox have been victim to 13 no-hitters in their history. Two were thrown by future Hall-of-Famer Addie Joss, including his 1908 perfect game.

    Five of the no hitters, including Lirano's, were 1-0 losses.

    A 14th no hitter, no longer official, was an eight-inning no-no by Andy Hawkins against the White Sox in 1989. Chicago, aided by the poor Yankee defense and the South Side wind, won the game 4-1 despite not collecting a single hit.

Cincinnati Reds: October 6, 2010

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    Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a no-hitter against the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NL Division Series at Citizens Bank Park.

    The Reds fell victim to the second no-hitter in postseason history. Considering that Cole Hamels also threw a complete game shutout in Game 3 of the series, their offense was almost totally neutralized by Philadelphia pitching that October.

    The Reds were once no hit twice in the same month. On June 3, 1971, Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman shut down the mighty Reds lineup. Twenty days later, on June 23, Phillies pitcher Rick Wise did the same.

    The Wise no-hitter was, as of this writing, the last regular season no-hitter thrown against Cincinnati.

Detroit Tigers: July 26, 2010

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    Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays threw a no-hitter against the Tigers in Tropicana Field.

    Garza joined good company in notching the 13th no-hitter against Detroit. Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Bob Lemon threw no-nos against the Tigers, as did future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

    In 1951, Bob Feller out dueled Bob Cain for a 2-1 no-hit victory, completing his third career no-hitter.

Miami Marlins: May 29, 2010

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    Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a perfect game against the Marlins in Sun Life Stadium.

    Halladay out-pitched Josh Johnson in a 1-0 duel. His perfect game happened just a few weeks after Dallas Braden threw a perfect game for the Oakland A's. That was the first time in the modern era that two perfect games were thrown in the same month.

    Dodgers pitcher Ramon Martinez threw the only other no-hitter against the Marlins.

Atlanta Braves: April 17, 2010

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    Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies threw a no-hitter against the Braves in Turner Field.

    The Rockies finally got their first no-hitter at the expense of the Braves. The Braves experienced 10 no-hitters against them when they played in Boston and six while in Atlanta, including a perfect game by Randy Johnson.

    They were never no hit as the Milwaukee Braves. To be fair, Harvey Haddix held the Milwaukee Braves down to 12 perfect innings in 1959, but the Braves scored a run and won in the 13th.

San Diego Padres: July 10, 2009

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    Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres at AT&T Park.

    The enigmatic Sanchez took care of the Padres, who remain the only franchise without a no-hitter of their own.

    Phil Niekro and A. J. Burnett each threw no-hitters against the Padres. But the most famous no-hitter against San Diego is Dock Ellis' masterpiece in 1970. He threw the game high on LSD. His experience is chronicled in this brilliant short animated film.

Kansas City Royals: May 19, 2008

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    Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox threw a no-hitter against the Royals at Fenway Park.

    The only other no-hitter the Royals ever experienced was in 1973, when Nolan Ryan shut them down. It was the first of Ryan's seven career no-hitters. There is no shame in being no hit by Ryan.

Baltimore Orioles: September 1, 2007

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    Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox threw a no-hitter against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

    Prior to Buchholz, the Orioles fell to Nolan Ryan in 1975 and Wilson Alvarez, who notched a no-hitter in his second career start.

    Hideo Nomo no hit Baltimore in his first Red Sox start in 2001, earning him a no-hitter in both leagues and many groan worthy "No-No for Nomo" puns.

    The franchise experienced nine no-hitters when they were the St. Louis Browns, including by eventual Black Sox conspirator Eddie Cicotte.

Milwaukee Brewers: June 12, 2007

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    Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers threw a no-hitter against the Brewers at Comerica Park.

    Royals pitcher Steve Busby threw his second no-hitter in as many years when he shut down the Brewers in 1974. He shut down future Hall of Famer Robin Yount, home run king George Scott and future stars Don Money and Darrell Porter along the way.

Texas Rangers: April 18, 2007

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    Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in U.S. Cellular Field.

    Royals pitcher Jim Colborn no hit the Rangers in 1977. Mike Witt's perfect game against the Rangers on September 30, 1984 was the only visiting no-hitter ever thrown in Texas.

Arizona Diamondbacks: September 6, 2006

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    Anibal Sanchez of the Miami Marlins threw a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks at Sun Life Stadium.

    Diamondbacks veteran Luis Gonzalez walked twice against Anibal Sanchez. The rest of the lineup, including capable hitters like Orlando Hudson, Carlos Quentin and Eric Byrnes, was stagnant.

    Cardinals pitcher Jose Jimenez threw the only other no-hitter against Arizona. On June 25, 1999, Jimenez threw a 1-0 gem against the eventual NL West Champion.

    His opponent? Eventual Cy Young winner Randy Johnson, who struck out 14 and let up a single run over nine innings.

New York Yankees: June 11, 2003

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    Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium.

    The Astros' combined no-hitter could have been the strangest in baseball history, as Oswalt lasted a single inning and the Yankees had one of the most potent lineups in the game.

    Prior to the Astros' bizarre masterpiece, the Yankees had not been no hit since 1958. Hall-of-Fame reliever Hoyt Wilhelm made a start for the Baltimore Orioles and no hit the eventual World Champions. The Bronx Bombers would go through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s without being no hit.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: September 11, 1999

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    Eric Milton of the Minnesota Twins threw a no-hitter against the Angels at the Metrodome.

    The highlight of Milton's career had many people shaking their heads. According to the New York Times, not only did the game have an irregular 11 a.m. start to accommodate a football game being played in the Metrodome later in the evening, but many of the Angels' stars were not even playing in the game.

    Mo Vaughm Garret Anderson, Gary DiSarcina, Tim Salmon, Darrin Erstad and Jim Edmonds all rode the pine.

    Todd Greene batted third. Jeff Davanon led off. Steve Decker was the DH. Matt Luke was at third. Milton had to face the likes of Bret Hemphill and Trent Durrington.

    But they were all major league players, and Milton did not surrender a hit. It was not his responsibility to fill out the Angels lineup.

    The team has not been no hit since changing its name to the awkward Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Washington Nationals: July 18, 1999

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    David Cone of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) at Yankee Stadium.

    The Expos franchise were no hit by Larry Dierker, Bob Forsch and Tommy Greene before David Cone threw his perfect game with Don Larsen in attendance.

    The Washington Senators were no hit in 1917 in the most unlikely combined no-hitter in history.

    On June 23, 1917, Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth (an obscure player) walked the leadoff Senator batter. He argued with the umpire over the strike zone and was ejected after one batter. Ernie Shore relieved Ruth, picked off the runner at first and retired the next 26 batters for a combined no-hitter and near perfect game.

San Francisco Giants: June 10, 1997

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    Kevin Brown of the Miami Marlins threw a no-hitter against the Giants in Candlestick Park.

    Brown would later haunt the Giants again when the Marlins eliminated San Francisco in the 1997 Division Series.

    Mike Scott threw a no-hitter against the Giants in 1986 that clinched the NL West for the Houston Astros. Future Hall fo Famers Sandy Koufax and Warren Spahn no hit the Giants as well.

    Former Giants farm hand Terry Mulholland came back less than a year after being dealt to Philadelphia in August 15, 1990 and no hit his former team.

    Five pitchers no hit the New York Giants, including Brookyn Dodger Carl Erskine in 1956. Erskine was warming up along side Ralph Franca in the infamous Bobby Thomson game. The Dodgers went to Branca. Perhaps they should have picked Erskine.

Colorado Rockies: September 17, 1996

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    Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a no-hitter against the Rockies in Coors Field.

    Nomo performed what would have seemed impossible then and seems even more unlikely now. He threw a no-hitter in Coors Field. And not just any Coors Field no-hitter. Nomo shut down the Blake Street Bombers in a "Pre Humidor" Coors Field at the crest of the steroid era.

    Holding a team then to less than six runs was considered to be an outstanding effort. How Nomo threw a no-hitter under those circumstances is unbelievable.

    Al Leiter had thrown a no-hitter against the Rockies in 1996, but he did so in pitcher-friendly Pro Player Stadium in Florida.

New York Mets: September 8, 1993

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    Darryl Kile of the Houston Astros threw a no-hitter against the Mets at the Astrodome.

    Sandy Koufax threw his first career no hitter against the 1962 Mets, arguably the worst team in the history of baseball.

    Down the stretch in 1969, the Mets and Cubs were battling for the National League East title. On September 20, Pirates pitcher Bob Moose no hit the Mets.

    The Mets would go 9-1 the rest of the way and clinch the division.

Boston Red Sox: April 22, 1993

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    Chris Bosio of the Seattle Mariners threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox at the Kingdome.

    Prior to Bosio, the Red Sox were no hit by Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti on the Fourth of July, 1983 in Yankee Stadium.

    Hall of Famers Ed Walsh, Ted Lyons, Jim Bunning and Walter Johnson all no hit the Red Sox over their career.

    In 2001, Mike Mussina had a perfect game against the Red Sox until Carl Everett singled with two outs in the ninth inning.

Oakland Athletics: July 13, 1991

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    Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combined for a no-hitter against the Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

    On April 20, 1990, Mariners pitcher Brian Holman had a perfect game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the defending World Champion A's. Pinch hitter Ken Phelps, a former Mariner, homered to break up the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout.

    The franchise was the victim to six no-hitters as the Philadelphia Athletics, one as the Kansas City Athletics and seven in Oakland.

Philadelphia Phillies: April 16, 1978

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    Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals threw a no-hitter against the Phillies in Busch Stadium.

    The Phillies have been no hit 18 times over their history. It could be worse if they had not gone through the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and so far the 2010s without being no hit.

    They were no hit five times in the 1960s alone. Lew Burdette, Warren Spahn, George Culver, Don Nottebart and Sandy Koufax all pulled the trick.

Pittsburgh Pirates: August 14, 1971

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    Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals threw a no-hitter against the Pirates in Three Rivers Stadium.

    Two straight decades of futility in Pittsburgh amazingly did not yield a no-hitter against them. In fact, in the Pirates' often losing history dating back to the 19th century, the team has been no hit only six times.

    The now-defunct Pittsbugh Alleghenys of the American Association and the Pittsburgh Rebels of the failed Federal League combined for five no-hitters against them, almost matching the Pirates' total.

    Hall of Famers Gibson and Carl Hubell and Cubs pitcher Sam Jones are the only pitchers to no hit the Pirates in the 20th century.

Chicago Cubs: September 9, 1965

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    Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a perfect game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.

    And there is the longest no-hit streak for a franchise in all of baseball. Finally, there is a positive streak for the Cubs. Years of futility and losing in Wrigley Field has also given way to the longest current run of games with a hit.

    Six no-hitters overall have been thrown against the Cubs. Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson added one in 1905.

    Each game the Cubs get a hit is a game where a streak continues. That is worth at least a drink at Wrigley Field.


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