John Means throws no-hitter, misses perfection with wild pitch

SEATTLE — John Means threw the main leagues’ third no-hitter this season and got here inside a wild pitch on a 3rd strike of an ideal sport, pitching the Baltimore Orioles over the Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday.

Means (4-0) struck out 12 and walked none. Seattle’s Sam Haggerty raced to first after he struck out swinging on a curveball within the grime on a 1-2 rely with one outs within the third inning that bounced away from catcher Pedro Severino.

Haggerty wasn’t on base lengthy, getting thrown out trying to steal second.

Means threw 79 strikes amongst 113 pitches, together with first-pitch strikes to 26 of 27 batters. When Seattle did make contact towards the 28-year-old left-hander, it was weak and there have been no threats to fall in for a success.

“I can’t put it into words right now. It’s unbelievable,” Means stated after his first full sport in 44 profession massive league begins. “I felt OK all game. I didn’t really have the changeup till the end, but I’m glad I got it going.”

Means lowered his ERA to 1.37 and have become the primary particular person Orioles pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Jim Palmer towards Oakland on Aug,. 13, 1969. It was the tenth no-hitter in franchise historical past — six in Baltimore after 4 because the St. Louis Browns.

John Means hugs catcher Pedro Severino after throwing a no-hitter in the Orioles 6-0 win over the Mariners.
John Means hugs catcher Pedro Severino after throwing a no-hitter within the Orioles 6-0 win over the Mariners.

“It’s such a crazy feeling. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience. I don’t think I’ve been able to process it yet,” Means stated. “But to be in the same breath as Palmer, I don’t think that it gets much better than that.”

In a season by which batters are on monitor to hit a record-low .232, Means joined a no-hit membership that features gems by San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove at Texas on April 9 and by Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón towards Cleveland on April 14.

In addition, Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter towards Atlanta on April 25, however that’s not acknowledged as an official no-hitter by Major League Baseball as a result of the sport didn’t go a minimum of 9 innings, shortened underneath pandemic guidelines in impact for a second straight season.

The closest Seattle got here to a success by way of six innings was J.P. Crawford’s brief fly ball within the sixth inning that heart fielder Cedric Mullins made a sliding catch to seize. Kyle Lewis offered a menace with a drive to left discipline main off the eighth that was caught on the warning monitor by Austin Hays.

Means received a popout from Dylan Moore, struck out Haggerty swinging and received a delicate liner from Crawford to finish it, setting off a wild celebration with his teammates on the mound and a standing ovation from the Seattle crowd.

“He was good. He was really good,” Seattle’s Kyle Seager stated. “He was in control. I don’t think we had hardly any balls that were close to being hits.”

Baltimore’s earlier no-hitter got here on July 13, 1991, when Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson mixed for a 2-0 victory at Oakland,

Means had by no means pitched past seven innings in a giant league begin.

“When I started the (ninth) I got a little bit of the Jell-O legs, just a little bit, started to kind of feel a little wobbly,” Means stated. “But once I did get that first pitch I was able to lock in again.”

Means had loads of offensive help. D.J. Stewart and Ramón Urias each had RBI singles towards Yusei Kikuchi within the third inning. Pat Valaika hit a solo dwelling run off Kikuchi (1-2) within the sixth and Trey Mancini offered a three-run shot off reliever Aaron Fletcher within the eighth inning, Mancini’s sixth dwelling run in a season that marked his return from colon most cancers surgical procedure.

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