The no-hitter is easily one of the most exciting events to witness on a baseball field and for those who follow the Cleveland Indians, it has been some time now since fans were treated to such an elusive piece of history.
A certain amount of talent and a degree of luck is involved in being able to walk away as an elite member of the “No-Hit Club” and the Indians very nearly added to that group on Thursday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over the Astros in Houston.
The day’s starter, Trevor Bauer, has shown a flare of being unhittable in the past, but luck was not quite on his side as some effective wildness led to a higher-than-desired pitch count after six innings, courtesy in large part to his five walks and career-high eleven strikeouts. None of the first nine batters of the game saw less than four pitches in their first trip through and high pitch counts to many batters continued throughout the game. After manager Terry Francona handed the ball to the third reliever of the game, lefty Nick Hagadone, in the bottom of the ninth, a solo one-out blast off of the bat of Jed Lowrie left the Indians two outs short of their first no-hitter since 1981.
When Addie Joss took the mound on October 2, 1908, he became the first Cleveland pitcher to try and pitch the franchise to a pennant, but he certainly wouldn’t be the last.
The Cleveland Naps—then named for manager and star second baseman Nap Lajoie—entered the Friday afternoon game at League Park in a three-way race for the American League pennant. The Naps trailed the Detroit Tigers for the top spot, with the Chicago White Sox just one game behind Cleveland. With just a handful of games remaining in the season, every game counted. No game was bigger than the opening game of the series between Chicago and Cleveland, matching up Ed Walsh against Joss.
October 3, 1948
The Baseball Gods some times have a twisted sense of humor, but this time it looks like fate got it just right.
This afternoon Bob Feller will walk to the mound in Municipal Stadium with a chance to send the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time in 28 years. One of the Indians greatest pitchers in the franchise’s history has the chance to add a special line to legacy with a win this afternoon.
“He’s as good a pitcher right now as he has ever been,” Boudreau declared. “Maybe he’s better than ever. I believe he’ll win. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t start him.”