Posted by John Autin on July 9, 2011
-- In Los Angeles today, five Padres pitchers held the Dodgers hitless for 8-2/3 innings, but Juan Uribe doubled and Dioner Navarro singled him home for a 1-0 win. Uribe was batting .208 before today, Navarro .176 with 8 RBI in 40 games. The Padres were held to 1 hit by Rubby De La Rosa and 3 relievers.
A few facts and figures on this titanic clash:
- Aaron Harang was replaced on the mound (not by a pinch-hitter) after 6 innings and 95 pitches. It was the 8th time in the last 20 years that a pitcher was lifted after 6+ IP with a no-hitter going and less than 100 pitches. Three relievers got the next 6 outs, and Luke Gregerson got the first 2 outs in the bottom of the before surrendering the two hits. The last combined no-hitter was by the Astros over the Yankees on June 11, 2003. (Had Gregerson retired Uribe, it would not have immediately been a no-hitter, since the game would have gone into extra innings and only a full game qualifies as a no-hitter.)
- It was the first game in which neither team topped 2 hits since a July 21, 2008 duel between Randy Johnson (ARI) and Rich Harden (CHC), and the first game with no more than 3 total hits since Matt Garza's no-hitter against Detroit on July 26, 2010. (That game, in turn, was the first of its kind since 1997.)
- It was LA's 2nd straight 1-0 win over SD, and their 3rd straight shutout over all -- the longest streak this season and matching the longest team shutout streak since 1995, when the Orioles closed out a 71-73 season with 5 straight shutouts. No other team has had more than 3 straight shutouts in the last quarter-century.
- It's just the 6th time in the last 20 years that a team has won back-to-back 1-0 games; the Dodgers were the victors in 3 of those 6 pairs. The Phillies were the last to do it, against Cincinnati in July 2010.
- No truth to the rumor that the Dodger Stadium mound has been surreptitiously raised back to a Koufaxian 18".
- The Dodgers had 5 hits in their previous win. No team has won more than 2 straight games with 5 hits or less since Cleveland won 3 straight in 1993.
- San Diego's only hit was a 5th-inning single by Cameron Maybin. Despite a team BA of .246 last year (15th in the NL) and .233 this year (last), it was the first time the Pads were held to 1 hit or less since June 10, 2010 (a CG 1-hitter by Jonathon Niese); the last no-hitter against SD was by Jonathan Sanchez on July 10, 2009. (By the way, Sanchez also lost a 7-IP 1-hitter to the Padres exactly 3 months before his no-no.)
Finally ... While we may never see another "double-no-hitter" (in the Hippo Vaughn/Fred Toney sense), the conditions this year are better than at any time since 1968. Five teams began play Saturday with batting averages under .240: Atlanta .239, Washington .235, Oakland .234, San Diego .233, and Seattle .224 (that is not a misprint). The recent 3-game series between the Padres and Mariners saw a combined total of 11 runs and 33 hits; Seattle then played 3 games with Oakland that saw a combined total of 11 runs and 30 hits. And there have already been 20 games this year in which neither team topped 4 hits; that's more than the average of the previous 10 full seasons.
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