25 June 2010
| Edwin Jackson
threw a very improbable no-hitter on Friday, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rays 1-0. The remarkable thing about the game is that Jackson got off to a horrible start, and was almost pulled in the 3rd Inning. For the game, Jackson walked 8 batters and threw a league-high 149 pitches (79 strikes, 70 balls). The no-hitter was the second in Diamondbacks' history; the first was by Randy Johnson
in 2004 against the Braves.
Jackson got off to a horrible start.walking two in the first, two in the second, and the first three batters in the third. With the bases loaded and no one out, the Diamondbacks had the bullpen up, and Jackson was probably one batter away from being taken out of the game. But Jackson got out of the bases-loaded jam in the 3rd, thanks to a shallow fly out, a nice force out at home started by Mark Reynolds
, and a ground ball to 2nd. At that point, Jackson had already thrown 68 pitches.
After that, Jackson had a perfect 4th and 5th, and gave up only a HBP in the 6th. The 7th inning was perfect for Jackson, and the 8th had only a clear error by Stephen Drew
. But that baserunner was erased when Miguel Montero
threw out pinch runner Carl Crawford
trying to steal 2nd. After 8 innings, Jackson was at 134 pitches, but he came out for the 9th. After striking out B.J. Upton
, Jackson got an easy fly out by Hank Blalock
, but then walked Willy Aybar
. Jackson then got an easy ground ball from Jason Bartlett
for the last out.
As far as no-hitters go, Jackson's was not the one with the most walks. In 1965, Jim Maloney walked 10 in a 10 inning no-hitter, and A.J. Burnett
had a no-hitter in 2001 with 9 walks. Four pitchers had a no-hitter with 8 walks, including Nolan Ryan in 1974.