Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Kuroda so close and yet so far
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda was five outs away from throwing the sixth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season until the Phillies' Shane Victorino singled with one out in the 8th inning Monday.
There have been 18 no-hit bids taken into the 8th inning or later this season. Five have been completed, five have been broken up in the 9th inning and eight including Kuroda's have been broken up in the 8th inning.
Kuroda is the first Dodgers pitcher to take a no hitter past the seventh inning since Clayton Kershaw had his no-hitter broken up with no outs in the 8th inning by the Marlins on May 17, 2009.
It's the second time in the last three seasons that Kuroda has taken a no-hitter past the seventh inning only to have it broken up in the 8th. Mark Teixeira broke up Kuroda's last no-hit bid in the 8th inning against the Braves on July 7, 2008.
Since 1996, when Hideo Nomo recorded the Dodgers' last no-hitter, the only Dodgers pitcher to go as deep into a game without allowing a hit as Kuroda did against the Phillies was Ramon Martinez on April 5, 1998 in Cincinnati. Eddie Taubensee spoiled Martinez’s no-hit bid that day with a one-out single in the eighth inning.