September 17th, 2012

Nomo’s No-No

September 17, 1996 – Right-hander Hideo Nomo became the first pitcher to record a no-hitter in Colorado during a 9-0 victory. Nomo made 110 pitches, walked four and struck out eight. The game was delayed by rain and when play resumed, Nomo opted against the full windup and pitched from the stretch position, even with nobody on base. In the ninth inning, Nomo retired Eric Young and Quinton McCracken on grounders to second baseman Delino DeShields. The last out was a swinging strikeout by Ellis Burks. Nomo, the 1995 N.L. Rookie of the Year, had been the first player from Japan’s professional leagues to appear in the Majors in 30 years. In addition to his two stints with Los Angeles (1995-1998, 2002-04), Nomo pitched for the Mets, Brewers, Red Sox, Devil Rays, Royals and Tigers. When Nomo pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 2001, he became the fourth player in MLB history to pitch no-hitters in each league (Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan – later accomplished by Randy Johnson).