Saturday night's game in Los Angeles was anything but typical. In fact, it shared something in common with just five games out of the hundreds of thousands in big-league history. There were five hits in the 8 1/2 inning game, a 1-0 victory by the Los Angeles Dodgers. And the Los Angeles Angels had all five of them. The Dodgers became the fifth team to win a game without getting a hit.
Joe Torre, who has been a big-league manager for the better part of three decades, said it's probably the strangest win he's ever had.
"I'd really have to reach down, and I don't really remember too much, but that's about as bizarre as you can get," Torre told the Associated Press.
And it's some very hard luck for Angels starter Jeff Weaver, who was pulled after the sixth inning for a pinch-hitter. Jose Arrendondo pitched the final two innings.
The Dodgers scored when Matt Kemp reached on an error in the fifth inning by Weaver on a wide throw to first on a strange, spinning grounder. Kemp stole second, advanced to third on catcher Jeff Mathis' throwing error, then scored on Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly.
The game won't go down as an official no-hitter, as a team has to be in the field for the full nine innings to count. Because the Dodgers were the home team, they didn't have to bat in the ninth inning. That rule was changed a few years ago, taking away no-hitters for three of four pitchers below (the ones who lost on the road).
Pitchers who allowed no hits, but lost full-length game:
- April 23, 1964: Ken Johnson, Houston Colt .45s, lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds at Colt Stadium in Houston.
- April 30, 1967: Steve Barber and Stu Miller, Baltimore Orioles, lost 2-1 to the Detroit Tigers at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
- July 1, 1990: Andy Hawkins, New York Yankees, lost 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.
- April 12, 1992: Matt Young, Boston Red Sox, lost 2-0 to the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
- June 28, 2008: Jeff Weaver and Jose Arrendondo, Los Angeles Angels, lost 1-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.