Friday night was a special night in Monterrey. A night that fans will remember for the remainder of their lives. It was the first time in nearly 20 years that a major league baseball game took place in Mexico. More notably, it was the 23rd no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history, and the 13th since moving to Los Angeles.
To make it even more special, it was the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history. It was the 12th in MLB history.
The Dodgers were led by the rookie, Walker Buehler. In only his third career start, Buehler gave fans a glimpse of the potential the Dodgers saw when they took him in the first round. He went six innings, striking out eight and walking only three.
His command was in control all night, but what was even more encouraging, was his pitch count. He finished the game with 93 pitches, and easily could have been sent out there to pitch the seventh. However in only his third career start, it was probably smart for Dave Roberts to preserve the 23 year-old’s arm.
Walker Buehler did not allow a hit in his 6 scoreless innings (8 strikeouts).
At 23 years, 280 days old (assuming his night is done) he's the youngest Dodgers with a start of 6+ IP and no hits since Rex Barney on Sept. 9, 1948 https://t.co/pLi3UbKXXJ
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) May 5, 2018
On the year, the rookie’s ERA currently sits at 1.13.
Tony Cingrani was then called upon in the seventh. He walked back-to-back batters, but was able to escape the jam and get out of the inning untouched.
Yimi Garcia then came in, needing only 14 pitches and striking out two.
Adam Liberatore came in and shut things down, striking out the final batter to get the no-hitter.
This is the first no-hitter for the Dodgers since Clayton Kershaw’s in 2014.
Watching a no-hitter will never get old. It was also exciting to see the bullpen come in and help shut things down. For the Dodgers, this is their third consecutive win. The boys in blue sit at only six games back now of the division lead.
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