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Nationals’ Max Scherzer pin-point control no-hits Pittsburgh, 6-0; MLB’s second this month

Max Scherzer MG 2010 by David on Flickr Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer coming off a one-hit shutout, made the next step with a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was the Washington Nationals second no-hitter in its history.

His no-hitter joins that of  San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Hesson, who no-hit the New York Mets on June 9 at Citi Field.

The 30-year-old right-hander, was dominating in recording 26 outs pitching a perfect game up to that point.

With the Pirates’ Jose Tabata at the plate and two strikes, Scherzer hit him with a pitch. Most radio and TV reports and replays showed that Tabata, a right-handed batter was leaning out over the plate to get hit with the pitch.

The next batter was the same batter who led off the game with an out, Josh Harrison. Harrison flied out to left field to end the game and send the crowd of 41,104 fans at Nationals Park home happy knowing they witnessed a historical moment.

Scherzer, who is almost always pitch-efficient in his starts, only threw 15 pitches after two innings. For the complete game effort, he threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes.

He finished with 10 strikeouts and improves his record to 8-5 on the season.

Losing pitcher for the Pirates was lefty Francisco Liriano, who is often the victim of lack of run support. He drops to 4-6.

 

Megasportsnews.com writer adds another MLB ballpark to his list

Marlins new ballpark in Miami (photo by Steve Basford)

Megasportsnews.com writer Steve Basford is on a quest to see every Major League Baseball Ballpark.

Last year, he added Citi Field, Rogers Centre to the list.

This year, he has added the new Marlins Park.

Marlins Park, MLB’s newest stadium, is located on 17 acres of Miami’s former Orange Bowl in Little Havana. It is 2 miles west of downtown Miami. The stadium has a retractable roof to deal with Miami’s rainy season. It seats only 37,442 fans, the third-smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.

Marlins Park outside (By Dan Lundberg via wikipedia commons)

 

MLB slow in announcing future All-Star games

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

It has been known for sometime that the 2014 MLB All-Star Game has been awarded to the New York Mets and Citi Field.

Beyond that, who knows where the next games will be.

The 2014 game might go to the Minnesota Twins and Target Field. Every American League team with the exception of Tampa Bay has hosted an All-Star Game since the Twins hosted in 1985 at the Metrodome.

Baseball has been alternating leagues hosting the All-Star Game. But they may get away from that to get all of the newer stadiums in the rotation starting in 2015.

 

 

Maher buys minority interest in New York Mets

 

Bill Maher with Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA (2007 photo by David Shankbone via wikipedia commons)

Stand-up comic and political satirist Bill Maher, visited Citi Field over the weekend and revealed to the media that he had purchased minority interest in the New York Mets several months ago.

The 56-year-old Maher, a New York native, grew up in nearby New Jersey and has been a Mets fan all of his life.

He did not reveal how much he spent or how much of a percentage he owns in the team.

His career influences have been Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Steve Allen, Don Rickles and Robert Klein.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Santana hurls Mets’ first no-hitter; beats slumping Cardinals 8-0

Johan Santana (photo by Tony Firriolo, courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Since their inception since 1962, the New York Mets have had numerous close calls in their quest for a no-hitter, which had eluded them for 51 years and 8,020 baseball games.

They will not have to wait anymore.

Left-hander Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the Mets history, an 8-0 whitewashing over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field in New York.

Santana threw the third no-hitter of the season, but needed some luck to be able to claim the gem.

In the sixth inning Carlos Beltran hit a line drive down the left field line which hit the foul line and the umpire called foul.

Yadier Molina hit the ball to the left field wall in the seventh inning, but the Mets’ Mike Baxter crashed into the wall to make the catch. Baxter injured his shoulder and had to leave the game.

The crowd of 27,069 saw Santana, in his 11th start improve his record to 3-2 on the season. He threw a career-high 134 pitches, striking eight and walking five. He threw his second straight shutout.

What is interesting is that Santana missed all of 2011 recovering from shoulder surgery.

Santana joins Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox and Jared Weaver of the LA Angels in the 2012 no-hitter class.

The San Diego Padres, who were established in 1969, is the only MLB team without a no-hitter.

 

Info compiled from New York Mets, MLB, Radio & TV news

 

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