Wednesday 4x4: What in the name of Ubaldo Jimenez?

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the only no-hitter in Rockies history. He turned the trick in Atlanta, against the Braves on April 17, 2010. He threw 128 pitches, 72 for strikes, and walked six. After a leadoff walk in the fifth, however, he started working out of the stretch full-time and did not walk another batter.

Jimenez, who singled home one run and scored another, benefited from a diving catch by center fielder Dexter Fowler in the bottom of the seventh.

And the Rockies didn't even come into existence in 1993.

I mention Jimenez because his effort gives the Rockies one more no-hitter in their history than the Padres, who were born out of expansion in 1969 and are the only major-league team without a no-hitter on the ledger.

With Lyles' effort, the Padres have now gone 7 1/3 innings or more in a no-hit bid, including the controversial July 21 1970 game against the Mets when in the bottom of the eighth manager Preston Gomez hit for Clay Kirby in a scoreless tie.

Close But No Cigar x 12

Pitcher Date Innings Opponent Ended
Steve Arlin July 18, 1972 8 2/3 Phillies Denny Doyle bad-hop single
Chris Young Sept. 7, 2008 8 2/3 Brewers PH Joe Randa 2-run HR
5 pitchers July 9, 2011 8 2/3 Dodgers Juan Uribe double off Gregerson
Andy Ashby Sept. 5, 1997 8 Braves Kenny Lofton lead off single 9th
x-Clay Kirby July 21, 1970 8 Mets Pinch-hit for bottom 8th
Tyson Ross April 20, 2018 7 2/3 D-Backs Christian Walker single
Odrisamer Despaigne July 20, 2014 7 2/3 Mets Daniel Murphy double
Chris Young Sept. 22, 2008 7 2/3 Pirates Joe Randa home run
Clay Kirby Sept. 13, 1971 7 1/3 Astros John Edwards double
Randy Jones July 3, 1975 7 1/3 Reds Bill Plummer double
Bob Owchinko July 16, 1977 7 1/3 Dodgers Steve Garvey single
Jordan Lyles Tuesday 7 1/3 Rockies Trevor Story single

x-Bud Harrelson single leadd off ninth against Jack Baldschun

While the Padres have not had a no-hitter since their inception in 1969, every other MLB franchise has at least one, led by the Angles with 10 and Dodgers with nine. 

No-Nos From 1 to 10 By Team

No-hitters Team
10 Angels
9 Dodgers, Expos/Nationals
8 Astros
7 Phillies, Cubs, Giants, White Sox
6 Marlins, A's, Mariners, Red Sox
5 Reds, Cardinals, Yankees, Rangers
4 Pirates, Royals
3 Braves, Indians, Tigers, Twins
2 Diamondbacks, Orioles
1 Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Rays, Blue Jays

While the Padres have never had a no-hitter, since their inception in 1969 there are 13 pitchers with two or more no-hitters, led by the record seven no-hitters Nolan Ryan threw during his career.  As a point of reference, Ryan threw his first no-hitter in 1973 and his seventh in 1991 -- an 18-year span in which he had five others in between.

Multiple No-Nos

Nolan Ryan (7)
Steve Busby (2)
Mark Buehrle (2) Ryan's 7
Bill Stoneman (2) For Date Against Score
Bob Forsch (2) Angels May 15, 1973 Royals 3-0
Ken Holtzman (2) Angels July 15, 1973 Tigers 6-0
Randy Johnson (2) Angels Sept. 28, 1974 Twins 6-0
Hideo Nomo (2) Angels June 1, 1975 Orioles 1-0
Roy Halladay (2) Astros Sept. 26, 1981 Dodgers 5-0
Justin Verlander (2) Rangers June 11, 1990 A's 5-0
Homer Bailey (2) Rangers May 1, 1991 Blue Jays 3-0
Tim Lincecum (2)
Max Scherzer (2)
Jake Arrieta (2)