Sunday, May 15, 2011

Take Five for Trivia: Losing a One-Hitter

On Saturday, May 14th, Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers lost a one-hitter, thanks to a double, missed pickoff play at second, and sacrifice fly from Melvin Mora. Short story, a 1-0 victory for the Diamondbacks.


Chad's the latest pitcher to lose such a great outing, but hardly the only one. Knuckleballer Charlie Hough, in fact, threw a pair of one-hitters for the Rangers and lost both.

  • June 16, 1986: California Angels win with two outs in the 9th on dropped strikeout pitch; Wally Joyner scores from second on the strikeout/passed ball, as Hough apparently fails to cover home (box score)
  • August 15, 1989: Seattle scratches out first run on single, balk, wild pitch, and sac fly; second run scores on walk, steal, and error; Texas strands 15 (!) base-runners (box score)

Here's hoping Chad wins the next one!


Anonymous said...

Matthew Glidden said...

Ooo, that's a good one, especially with Garcia pitching again Sunday night. (He allowed more than 1 hit this time.)

The most infamous 1-hit loss might be Harvey Haddix's 12-inning perfect game, lost in the 13th on an error, IBB, and double.