On Saturday, Houston Astros pitchers Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners. The Astros beat the Mariners 9-0 (box score) at Minute Maid Park.
The no-hitter was the 12th in Astros history and first since Mike Fiers no-hit the Dodgers in 2015.
Sanchez, in his debut with Houston after Blue Jays, threw six innings of no-hit baseball. The right-hander gave up two walks and struck out six Seattle batters. Sanchez was a woeful 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA during 23 starts with the Jays prior to the trade. Sanchez became just the second pitcher in MLB history (Mark Langston, 1990) to be part of a combined no-hitter in his first start with a team.from the
Harris took over and continued the no-hitter with a hitless seven inning, only allowing one walk. Biagini, another trade deadline acquisition from the Blue Jays making his debut for the Astros, put up another hitless inning, giving up one walk while striking one in the eighth inning. Devenski closed out the ninth inning by retiring the side.
Behind the plate for the entire game was Martin Maldonado,with the Cubs. Maldonado started six postseason games for Houston last year.
Saturday was the second combined no-hitter in franchise history. The other one came on June 11, 2003 when Roy Oswalt, Pete Muro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees.
Not only have the Mariners been on the losing end of two combined no-hitter this season, but both losses have been by at least 9 runs. It's the largest losses in any combined no-hitters ever.
The Astros (72-40) have won three straight games, and they'll go for the series sweep on Sunday. It won't get any easier for Seattle (47-66) as Justin Verlander is set to take the mound. The game can be streamed regionally via fuboTV (Try for free).