Right-handed Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers flirted with the seventh official no-hitter in the Major League Baseball season Saturday night as part of a blowout effort against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner did not receive credit for exposing the Atlanta Braves as part of a seven-inning double-header game.)
Buehler, who has not lost a decision since September 2019, took his no to the eighth inning. That was when David Peralta hit a line-drive single over laughing shortstop Gavin Lux. He was removed after allowing another knock, bringing his last line to two hits, twice, and a hitbatsman plus 11 strikes, over 7 ⅓ innings thrown.
Had Buehler completed the no-hitter, it would have been the first for the Dodgers since a combined effort against the San Diego Padres in May 2018. Buehler also started the competition, which was memorable because it was played at the Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey in Mexico. The last individual Dodgers no-hitter was recorded by Clayton Kershaw and was thrown against the Colorado Rockies in June 2014.
Saturday’s game would have marked the 27th no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history.
Buehler’s no-hitter would have been the first since May 19, when the now-injured New York Yankees rightly Corey Kluber kept the Texas Rangers without a hit. Prior to the Clubs, MLB had seen Spencer Turnbull (May 18), Wade Miley (May 7), John Means (May 5), Carlos Rodón (14 ril) and Joe Musgrove (ril 9) do the deed.
The modern record for most non-hitters in a season is seven. The record at all times, however, is eight and was set during the era of set pieces.
For the Diamondbacks, it was almost no-no the latest indignity in a long list of them. In addition to having the worst record in majors, Arizona also went into the night with a 15-game losing streak overall and a historic 23-game losing streak in road games. To make matters worse, Diamondbacks lost catcher Carson Kelly to a broken wrist. Kelly suffered the injury when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch.