The Cleveland Indians' Carlos Carrasco came within one out of a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, just missing out on becoming the third MLB pitcher to no-hit an opponent in the last 22 days.
Carrasco struck out 13 batters on 124 pitches, but was removed when he lost the no-hitter and the shutout with two outs in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 8–1 win. He left the game after Tampa Bay's Joey Butler singled to score former Indian Asdrubal Cabrera, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Rays hitters did not manage a hit against an Indians pitcher in the first five innings of either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday's games, ESPN Stats & Info reports.
The no-no would have been the third of the 2015 MLB season. On June 9, the San Francisco Giants' Chris Heston threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets. On June 20, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer came within one out of a perfect game against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he hit Jose Tabata on the elbow with two outs in the ninth, but completed the no-hitter.
Had Carrasco recorded a no-hitter, it would have marked the first time in 25 seasons that at least three starting pitchers each threw no-hitters in a one-month span. Between June 1–13 of 2012, the Mets' Johan Santana, the Giants' Matt Cain, and a six-man Seattle Mariners brigade threw no-hitters.
The last Cleveland pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Len Barker, who did so against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981.
- Will Green