National League (NL) Cy Young Award first-choice left-handed pitcher Blake Snell (31, San Diego Padres) pitched overwhelmingly with 7 innings of no-hitter, but it did not lead to victory. He coolly gave up the challenge of recording a no-hitter and winning.
Snell started the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 20th (Korean time), and gave up 4 walks in 7 innings, but struck out 10 and pitched a no-hitter.
Snell, who started the first inning by striking out three batters in a row, reached first and second base with two walks and no outs in the second inning, but overcame the crisis with consecutive strikeouts and an infield ground ball. After a three-way error in the 3rd or 4th inning in a row, he walked in the 5th and led to a wild pitch with 2 outs and runners on 2nd base, leading Brenton Doyle to a ground ball to shortstop.
Snell, who allowed no runs and no hits in the 6th and 7th innings, went down after throwing a total of 104 pitches. He threw a mixture of curves (38), changeups (21), and sliders (1) centered on four-seam fastballs (44) with a maximum speed of 97.9 miles (157.6 km) and an average of 96.9 miles (155.9 km).
However, the San Diego batting line was also shut out scoreless until the 7th inning, and Snell handed the mound over to the bullpen at the start of the 8th inning. As the number of pitches exceeded 100, it was difficult for him to aim for a no-hitter through 9 innings, but he was able to at least pitch until the 8th inning and aim for a starting win.
But Snell was not greedy. According to ‘MLB.com’, after pitching the 7th inning, San Diego manager Bob Melvin spoke with Snell in the dugout. Coach Melvin decided to substitute, but Snell coolly accepted the substitution, saying, “It’s difficult to pitch until the 9th inning.”
Snell, who smiled and hugged coach Melvin, said, “I know my body really well. “I know how hard I threw today,” he said. “A no-hitter is a great record, and it’s really difficult to do that, but you have to think about your health too. “A no-hitter is just an individual honor,” he said. Snell will also qualify as a free agent at the end of this season. Since health is more important than ever, there was no need for him to be greedy for a no-hitter.
Until this day, Snell had recorded 14 wins, 9 losses, an ERA of 2.33, 227 strikeouts, and a hit rate of 1.881 in 31 games (174 innings) this season. He ranked first in earned run average and hit rate and second in strikeouts in the National League (NL), establishing himself as a leading candidate for안전놀이터 the Cy Young Award. He is having his best season since his days with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018, when he won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award with his overwhelming pitching while allowing a league-high 97 walks.
Meanwhile, in today’s game, San Diego won 2-0 with Xander Bogaerts’ walk-off two-run home run in the 9th inning. Following Snell, Roberto Suarez continued the team’s no-hitter in the 8th inning with no hits, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in one inning, but Josh Hader, who finished the 9th inning, broke the record with 2 hits.