Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie starter Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore combined for the 12th combined no-hitter in Major League History against the San Diego Padres on May 4th, 2018, to open the Dodgers-Padres series played in Mexico.
The 4 Dodgers’ became the first pitchers to accomplish the feat since Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon, who threw a combined no-no against the Atlanta Braves in September, 2014.
Walker Buehler started the game and delivered 6-innings of no-hit ball and was pulled in the 7th after pitching an absolute masterpiece to start the game. The rookie starter delivered 6 innings pitched with 8 strikeouts, 3 walks, through 93 pitches.
Buehler was relieved by Tony Cingrani, who pitched 1 no-hit inning with 2 walks and a strikeout, after getting Christian Villanueva to line out to left field, then allowing back-to-back walks to Franchy Cordero and Raffy Lopez before Matt Szczur was called out on strikes and Freddy Galvis ground into a force out to end the 7th inning.
Yimi Garcia would come in to pitch the 8th inning and would strikeout Manuel Margot to lead off the eighth, get Travis Jankowski on a groundout, and Jose Pirela on a swinging strikeout.
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent out Adam Liberatore to complete the first combined no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history and would do so by striking out Eric Hosmer, getting Christian Villanueva to pop out, and ending the historic night by getting Frenchy Cordero to strike out swinging.
The combined no-hitter was the first no-hitter of the combined variety in Dodgers’ history and the 23rd no-hitter in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rich history. The night was also a historic night for the Dodgers’ cross-town rival in Albert Pujols who got career hit number 3,000, creating a very interesting statistic via ESPN Stats & Info…
The Dodgers’ no-hitter was the first since Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox earlier this season.