Dodgers' Rich Hill hurls nine no-hit innings and still loses in heartbreaking fashion
Hill was close to perfect across regulation but it turned out to be all for nothing in the 10th
On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill threw eight perfect innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates (LAD-PIT GameTracker). Then third baseman Logan Forsythe committed an error to lead off the bottom of the ninth, dashing Hill's perfect aspirations and rendering Chase Utley's outstanding catch in the previous inning irrelevant:
The kicker, of course, was that Hill was a long shot to complete a perfect game even without Forsythe's error. That's because the Dodgers and Pirates were tied at zero entering the bottom of the ninth and required extra innings to decide a winner. Erase Forsythe's error and Hill still would've needed help from his offense and a perfect 10th inning in order to secure the second perfeco in franchise history -- the only one to date was authored by Sandy Koufax in 1965.
After Forsythe's error, Hill still had a chance to pitch the 26th no-hitter in franchise history. He completed the ninth without giving up a hit, and finished regulation with 10 strikeouts and zero walks or hits allowed. It was the 19th time in MLB history a pitcher has taken a no-hitter into extra innings. Unfortunately, that's where Hill's luck ended.
Dave Roberts, criticized in the past for pulling Hill (and Ross Stripling) during historic bids, allowed Hill to begin the 10th inning. That proved to be a mistake, as Josh Harrison led off with a home run that ended the no-hitter and gave the Pirates a walk-off victory all in one swoop.
What a bummer -- albeit a well-pitched one.
This wasn't a typical Hill start for reasons that go beyond the near-achievement. Normally, he throws around 51 percent fastballs and leans heavily on his curveball. That wasn't the case on Wednesday:
Bottom line: Rich Hill was nearly perfect on Wednesday. Alas, that just wasn't enough.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The employee was captured spitting on pizza dough before baking it at a Comerica Park food...
Mike Scioscia is in the last year of his contract and Eric Chavez has emerged as a potential...
Adam Thompson has a three-way parlay that could pay off huge on Tuesday
Adalberto Mondesi, Ryan O'Hearn, and Brad Keller are positives in a lost year
Keep checking back for the latest rumors, firings and hires around the MLB managerial caro...
SportsLine's Mike McClure, a DFS pro with nearly $2M in winnings, gives optimal lineup adv...