Five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers combine for seven-inning no-hitter vs. Cleveland
It's officially the year of the no-hitter in Major League Baseball with a modern-day record seven official ones thrown before the All-Star break. And that doesn't even include a second no-no of the seven-inning variety fashioned by five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers on Wednesday.
After the Rays defeated Cleveland 4-1 in the first game of their doubleheader at Tropicana Field earlier in the day, Collin McHugh, Josh Fleming, Diego Castillo, Matt Wisler and Pete Fairbanks combined to hold the visitors hitless in a 4-0 win to complete the sweep.
Fairbanks had the honor of getting the final three outs in the seventh, retiring Jose Ramirez on a groundout, Bobby Bradley on a strikeout and Harold Ramirez on a fly ball to right.
7 innings, NO hits.
The Rays combine to shut out the Indians. pic.twitter.com/ngm7ZpioOx
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On April 25, Madison Bumgarner of the Arizona Diamondbacks also had a seven-inning no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. However, MLB doesn't recognize no-hitters as official unless they happen in games of nine innings or more.
Cleveland is one of three MLB teams -- along with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers -- to have been no-hit twice already this season in regulation-length games. So Wednesday's blanking would give them the unofficial tiebreaker for offensive futility this season.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rays' no-hitter: Five Tampa Bay pitchers toss 7 innings vs. Cleveland