You could say that throwing non-hit is like the lasso of the moon. You can see the distant glow, beckon, and joke all at once. Can you really go there? Probably not. But you can dream.
On August 13, 1969, in Oakland, Jim Palmer made a huge leap for the Baltimore Orioles without nine hitting innings with athletics. It’s the same day as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins take off on Broadway and down Michigan streets to parade tapes in New York and Chicago, followed by a dinner party. Together with President Richard M. Nixon in Los Angeles
Palmer, now 75 years old, has never been to the moon for sure. But the hitter didn̵7;t widen his universe in a way that no other Oriole had until Wednesday, when John Means became the first Baltimore pitcher since Palmer tossed. A game without a complete hit Referred to to subdue the Mariners 6-0 with 12 ceasefire and no walk in Seattle.
Four Orioles were combined to not hit in 1991, but stepping out of Mean’s success marks his 44th career start and the first to pass the chance that his seven work days will never be the same.
“Pitching doesn’t hit – and pitch doesn’t hit as well. Complete game Now because it’s so rare – it’s like a hole-in-one, ”Palmer said by phone Wednesday night.“ It’s funny when you’re a good golfer, you look at par-3, you want to get on the green, you want. Make birdies Then you make a hole, and for the rest of your life, every time you hit the ball in par 3, you don’t miss birdies – you think of the possibilities. ‘Do you know what? I can have a hole. ‘
“So for today’s pitchers, if you’re John Means, you’re never going to play a perfect game. You have never tackled, never hit or hit one, two or three, because you never pitched nine innings. So every time he takes the ball, he realizes – because he succeeds – he can pitch unattended, he can throw a complete game. There are a lot of things that come into play right now. “
Palmer’s path led to three Cy Young awards, one spot in the Hall of Fame and a long career as an Orioles broadcaster.He did not play a game on Wednesday. But he has closely monitored the rise of the method from picking the 11th-round draft in 2014 to an unlikely spot on the launch date roster five years later.
“I sat with him at his locker in 2019 and he said, ‘You know I’m not really a trendiest person, so I can always fly under the radar,’ ”Palmer said,“ until he built the club – and it all started that first weekend. He landed three or four times with relief in Yankee Stadium with their lineup and they had no chance. I think he threw a hanging change and Gary Sanchez hit home alone, just that. ”
It means being 28 years old hasn’t stopped many changes since. He made the All-Star game that summer and was runner-up at the American League Rookie of the Year Award 12-11 with a 3.60 average score this season.He’s a 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA.
Last season, though, intensified: meaning the loss of his father, Alan, to pancreatic cancer in August. On Wednesday, as he prepared to keep the unaffected, mean father.
“I looked in my gloves before going out there for the ninth time. It had his initials on it and I said to myself, ‘He probably didn’t care, he was just glad I had a good time,’ ‘he said. “Awards and everything like that was never important to him.”
However, the method said it took him a while to fight Dylan Moore, who hit the ninth lead in.
“I had a little Jell-O’s leg, it started to feel a little wobbly,” he said, “but when I threw that first pitch I was able to log in again.”
Moore emerged into third baseman in the foul, then Sam Haggerty started a weapon change, meaning he learned from pitching coach Chris Holt in spring training in 2019, the separator that took him to major. good
Referring to one more throw, his 113th time, and JP Crawford punched lightly on the line to shortstock to end the game. It means facing a minimum of 27 hitters and throwing 26 first-field attacks, the only hitter to reach base is Haggerty in the third inning in the third hit that crosses the catcher Pedro Severino Haggerty makes It was the first time without throwing. But then was caught stealing
It marks the third inning of the 2021 season after the San Diego Padres’ Joe Musgrove and the Chicago White Sox’s Carlos Rodon in April. But Innes’ performance is unique in modern baseball history: never before. The pitcher faced only 27 hits in nine innings, with only one runner reaching base on the bat / wild.
Just two times before the pitcher failed to throw a perfect game, even though it faced at least 27 hits while hitting or walking were not allowed. It happened in the 1960s with Milwaukee Braves’ Lew Burdette, hitting strike, and in 1990 Terry Mulholland of the Philadelphia Eagles, which allowed the clashers to reach bases. Due to an error Both runners were removed from the doubles play.
Severino said he felt “terrible” to let the ball come on his side, although he was revived by pinning a hacker hit during the second period, as did the Eagles’ third bassist in 1990 Cha. Riley Hayes, who made the mistake of throwing the spear mop. And sealed Mulholland’s strike.
In any case, Method is hardly disappointed to miss a perfect game that no pitcher has done since Mariner’s Felix Hernandez in August 2012, Method says he wants to. Not hitting the ball But he never imagined that he would be able to reach his majors. As a child he said he would write “MLB player” when asked about his goals in school life. But he thought it didn’t sound real.
“I was never that kid who had that much self-confidence,” I mean.
Then he learned to change and started building himself. On Wednesday, he explored the outside limits of his talent, taking himself into a land where the Orioles had no pitched ever visit since the greatest of them all more than half a century ago.
“It was a pretty chaotic experience and I thought I wasn’t able to process it yet,” Means said, “but if it was in the same breath as Palmer, I didn’t think it was any better.”