Are you ready to learn about the oddest no-hitter of this baseball season?
The Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, completed a no-hitter Monday against the Durham Bulls that was started in a different month, in a different state, by a pitcher who is now in the big leagues.
The no-hitter started on July 24 in Durham, where weather caused the game to be suspended until Monday in Rochester. That's 18 days and 634 miles that separated the start of the game from its finish. And still no hits for the Bulls. Crash Davis would be disappointed.
Trevor May, who made his MLB debut for the Twins on Saturday night, started the game in July for Rochester, throwing three no-hit innings. Logan Darnell resumed the game for the Red Wings, throwing six more no-hit innings.
We've heard of combined no-hitters before, but cross-state combined no-hitters are a different matter altogether. Since the Red Wings weren't traveling back to the Durham, the two teams had to finish the game in Rochester, thus making things even more odd. The Red Wings were "visitors" in their own stadium.
When the 3-0 victory was sealed for the Red Wings, Darnell shared the news with May. From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
The first person Logan Darnell texted after Monday night's no-hitter was Trevor May, the former Red Wings pitcher now with the Minnesota Twins.
"After all," Darnell said, "he was part of this, too. It's kind of sad that he's not here."
May was thrilled.
"Boom! That's awesome!" he texted back from Houston.
As weird as this one was, it was still a no-hitter and that's still something pitchers should celebrate.
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