04/28/2002 01:37 am ET
A memorable day of baseball
Lowe's no-no highlights day for pitchers
By Bill Chuck / MLB.com
LOWE AND BEHOLD
Baseball loves no-hitters. The players love no-hitters. The fans love no-hitters. And we at A Day @ The Bases simply adore no-hitters. Join us in our celebration of Saturday's no-hitter by the Red Sox's Derek Lowe.
What is it about April 27 and no-hitters?
In 1944, the Boston Braves' Jim Tobin threw a no-hitter and homered against the Dodgers, beating them 2-0. In 1968, Boston was involved in another no-hitter, as Tom Phoebus of the Orioles no-hit the Red Sox, 6-0. In 1973, the Royals' Steve Busby pitched a no-no against the Tigers, beating Detroit, 3-0. In 1994, the Twins' Scott Erickson no-hit the Brewers, 6-0. And now on April 27, 2002, Boston Red Sox righty Derek Lowe no-hit the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-0.
Lowe's masterpiece was the Majors' first no-hitter of the year and the first shutout and complete game of Lowe's career in his 27th start. Brent Abernathy's leadoff walk in the third inning was the only baserunner Lowe allowed, as he threw only 97 pitches to shut down the Rays. Lowe faced just 28 hitters; he struck out six and forced 13 ground-ball outs. In Lowe's first start of the season on April 5 at Baltimore, he fell six outs short of a no-hitter, and so far this season, opposing batters are just 15-for-116 against him, a .129 average.
FIRST NO-NO SINCE NOMO
Lowe's masterpiece was the 17th no-hitter by a Red Sox hurler, the last coming on April 4, 2001 by Hideo Nomo, which was also the last one thrown in the American League. The last no-hitter at Fenway Park was thrown by Dave Morehead in 1965.
DEVIL RAYS D-PRESSED
This was the first time in the Devil Rays' five-season history that they were held hitless. They came into Saturday's game hitting one of Manhattan's area codes (.212) in nine road games this year.
SIX TO GO-GO
Lowe's no-hitter leaves him just six behind Nolan Ryan on the all-time list.
DID YOU KNOW-KNOW?
That Greg Vaughn went 0-for-3 against Lowe on Saturday and 0-for-4 as a member of the Brewers in Scott Erickson's April 27, 1994 no-hitter. Vaughn is now hitting .108, the lowest among qualifiers in the batting race.
The 10-0 no-hitter was the third 10-0 no-hitter in baseball history. Chick Fraser threw a 10-0 no-hitter while pitching for the Phils against the Cubs on Sept. 18, 1903. Cincinnati's Jim Maloney pitched a no-hitter on April 30, 1969, defeating Houston, 10-0.
MAN IN THE MIRROR
With Saturday's no-hitter, Derek Lowe is now 4-1 as a starter in April. Last April, he was 1-4 as a closer.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
On Saturday, Rickey Henderson hit his first Red Sox homer leading off the bottom of the first inning. He has hit a Major League-record 80 leadoff homers. Who is second to Rickey on the all-time list? (see answer below)
HI LILLY, HI LILLY, NO NO-NO
Through 7 1/3, the Seattle Mariners' Jeff Cirillo had the only two hits from the Yankees Ted Lilly, and they weren't off of Lilly, they were by Lilly -- two HBP's. Meanwhile, Freddie Garcia through eight scattered five hits and stifled three Yankee scoring chances. With one out in the eighth, Dan Wilson drew the first walk of the night off of Lilly. Luis Ugueto came in to run for Wilson and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Desi Relaford then broke up the no-hit bid with a single to right, driving home Ugueto. One walk, one hit, one run, one loss for Ted Lilly. Seattle 1, New York 0.
NEAR PEDRO NO-NO
Note to self: When I become a GM make sure to get a pitcher named Pedro. OK, we know Boston's Pedro Martinez isback. In his last start he pitched brilliant one-hit ball over seven innings. Saturday, Pedro Astacio (4-1) of the Mets didn't allow a hit until one out in the seventh inning, when Geoff Jenkins lined a single to left, and Astacio and the beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1. Astacio combined with closer Armando Benitez for a three-hitter.
STILL NO NO-NO
Friday, Shawn Estes pitched perfect ball for seven innings before pitching the 19th complete-game one-hitter in Mets history. The Mets, have played 6,374 games, and have never thrown a no-hitter. San Diego, Colorado, Arizona and Tampa Bay are the only other teams who haven't thrown one, either.
Can you believe Jose Rijo (2-0)? The 36-year-old's comeback continues, as he retired the first 11 Giants he faced and no-hit them through 4 1/3 innings as the Reds defeated the Giants, 8-4, in a game stopped in the eighth because of rain. Rijo ended up allowing two runs and just five hits in six innings of work as the Reds stretched their Major League-high winning streak to seven games.
TWO DAYS THERE WERE TWO
On April 22, 1898 in the National League of old, Ted Breitenstein and his Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0. That same day, the Baltimore Orioles' Jay Hughes defeated the Boston Beaneaters, 8-0.
On June 29, 1990, the Oakland A's Dave Stewart defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0, and the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela shut down the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0.
All the victories were no-hitters -- the only days two no-hitters were tossed on the same day.
A GROUP EFFORT
It seemed more like an exhibition game in that no pitcher pitched more than 3 2/3 inning, but the Cardinals used four relievers to shut out the Expos, 5-0. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who has always been known for his bullpen expertise, used relievers Mike Crudale, Mike Matthews, Luther Hackman and Gene Stechschulte to give his battered starters a rest.
SOMEBODY HAD TO BE HITTING
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle has to be wondering what everybody was talking about on Saturday? While people are pitching no-hitters and near no-hitters, Buehrle was pitching gopher balls as the Oakland A's blasted five homers en route to a 16-1 burial of the White Sox. The A's tied a club record when Scott Hatteberg, Terrence Long, Carlos Pena and Frank Menechino all homered in the third inning. Buehrle, who came into the game with a 2.12 ERA, left after 2 2/3, giving up eight runs on nine hits.
CUSTOMIZED JERSEY OF THE DAY
There's an excellent chance that Derek Lowe's jersey is going to the Hall of Fame, so we thought we would recognize the A's Mike Fyhrie (No. 49), who Saturday picked up his first win in 70 career big-league appearances.
Nate Cornejo pitched his first complete game in the Major Leagues Saturday as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-1. Nate would have had a shutout if it were not for Torii Hunter's eighth homer of the young season. Hunter's homer tied a team record for April set by Kent Hrbek (1982) and Kirby Puckett (1986). Pretty good company and worthy of our special salute. SA-LUTE!
HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE DAY
Cleveland Indians Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller, who pitched a no-hitter on April 16, 1940, Opening Day, said: "I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no-hit game."
ANSWER OF THE DAY
Brady Anderson is second in Major League history with 44 leadoff homers.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
This comes from Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe's batterymate, who came with Lowe from Seattle in a trade for Heathcliff Slocumb: "I've been with Derek since '95. I was pretty bad and he was a one-pitch pitcher. We've come a long way."
There were plenty of highs, but only one Derek Lowe on Saturday. ... But for us, it was just another Day @ The Bases.
Bill Chuck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.