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
|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
|7||Phillies, Cubs, Giants, White Sox|
|6||Marlins, A's, Mariners, Red Sox|
|5||Reds, Cardinals, Yankees, Rangers|
|3||Braves, Indians, Tigers, Twins|
|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.
|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)|