Rookie Buehler spearheads first combined no-hitter in Dodgers' history
The Los Angeles Dodgers tossed the first combined no-hitter in their history in a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday.
Walker Buehler started the game as he combined with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore to toss the second overall no-hitter of the season.
When Buehler entered the MLB draft out of Vanderbilt, he was considered one of the best starting pitchers available. But after some arm problems, doubts about his size, and getting overshadowed by his team-mate Carson Fulmer, Buehler fell in the draft and became somewhat of an afterthought among top prospects.
But Buehler threw six hitless innings while striking out eight on Friday. His pitch count had reached 93, and for a pitcher with a Tommy John surgery in his past, manager Dave Roberts made the prudent decision and pulled him from the game.
"It's one of those where you're pretty angry to come out," Buehler told Sportsnet LA after the game.
"But with the bullpen guys that we have, I trusted in their hands too and it worked out."
There have been just 298 no-hitters in MLB history in more than 130 years. Of those 298, just 12 have been executed by more than one pitcher.
Of the Dodgers' 23 no-hitters in the team's storied history, just one (Friday's) has been combined.
Buehler is now 1-0 this season with a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings pitched. He has struck out 19.