Hitless Wonders

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday became the first team since the 1965 Cubs to get no-hit twice in the same season with one of the no-nos being a perfect game.

The Rays were victimized by a perfecto from Oakland's Dallas Braden on May 9 and a 149-pitch no-hitter from Arizona's Edwin Jackson on Friday.

The '65 Cubs were unable to get hits off Cincinnati's Jim Maloney on Aug. 19 and Los Angeles' Sandy Koufax (a perfect game) on Sept. 9..

Maloney's no-hitter, a 10-inning gem, occured during the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. WGN rebroadcast Jack Brickhouse's call of the bottom of the 10th during a rain delay in 2008. The 25-year-old right-hander, who issued 10 walks and struck out 10, walked leadoff hitter Doug Clemens . But retired Billy Williams on a flyout to left and Ernie Banks on a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Brickhouse remarked that a called strike to Clemens "was the 177th pitch of this ballgame for Maloney." Can you imagine the grief that Reds manager Dick Sisler would take today from the likes of pitch-count freaks like the Trib's Phil Rogers?

The 149 pitches thrown by Jackson on Friday were the most by a pitcher in a major league game since Livan Hernandez fired 150 pitches in a 2005 game.

Koufax's perfecto was completed in just 1 hour, 43 minutes and Cubs left-hander Bob Hendley was the tough-luck loser. Hendley allowed just one unearned run and one hit - a looping double down the right-field line by Lou Johnson with two outs in the seventh inning.

It was a typical Cubs-like loss.

The Dodgers talied the game's only run in the fifth. Johnson walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ron Fairly, stole third, and came around to score when catcher Chris Krug threw wide of third baseman Ron Santo and into left field.

Koufax struck out 14 en route to his fourth career no-hitter. Don Kessinger, who flew out to right in the third and grounded out to third in the sixth before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth, was the only Cubs batter who did not strike out.

Dodgers radio broadcaster Vin Scully's play-by-play account of the ninth inning was a work of art. His call of the final strike was particularly memorable:

"Two and two to Harvey Kuenn, one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here's the pitch:

"Swung on and missed, a perfect game!

(38 seconds of cheering.)

"On the scoreboard in right field it is 9:46 p.m. in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hurl four no-hit, no-run games. He has done it four straight years, and now he caps it: On his fourth no-hitter he made it a perfect game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flurry. He struck out the last six consecutive batters. So when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record books, that "K" stands out even more than the O-U-F-A-X."

Koufax's gem was the last time the Cubs were no-hit.

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