Right-hander's bid becomes 3rd this season broken up in 9th
By Paul Casella and Chad Thornburg
Although Carlos Carrasco came up one out shy in his no-hit bid on Wednesday, the Indians starter still turned in a career night while making some history along the way.
Not only did he set some career-bests in his dominant performance against Tampa Bay, but he helped the Indians pitching staff continue its record-setting run against the Rays. He's also not alone when it comes to close calls with history, as this season alone has already seen its fair shair of no-hit bids taken deep into ballgames.
Here's a look at eight facts and figures stemming from Carrasco's memorable night.
• Carrasco became the third pitcher (or team) this season to have a no-hit bid broken up in the ninth inning -- and the second to do so with two outs. The Indians were also involved in one of those other close calls, as they flirted with a team no-hitter against the Astros back on April 9 before Jed Lowrie hit a one-out homer in the ninth inning against reliever Nick Hagadone. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer had thrown 111 pitches over six hitless innings before turning it over to the bullpen. As for the other instance, Atlanta's Shelby Miller retired the first 26 Marlins batters he faced on May 17 before serving up a two-out single to Miami's Justin Bour. Two no-hitters have already been pitched this season, as Giants right-hander Chris Heston shut down the Mets on June 9 and Nationals ace Max Scherzer tossed a no-no against the Pirates on June 20.
• Carrasco became just the 40th pitcher since 1961 -- and the second this season, along with Miller -- to lose a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning, according to no-hitter research database milkeespress.com. One point worth noting is that list does not include Yu Darvish's close call on May 9, 2014 when he seemingly lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning on a two-out single by David Ortiz. The reason for his exclusion is that Major League Baseball later overturned a scoring decision from the seventh inning of that game, crediting Ortiz with a single on what was originally ruled an error.
• Of those 40 instances, six have come since the start of the 2011 season. Along with Carrasco and Miller this year, three pitchers -- Michael Wacha (Cardinals), Yusmeiro Petit (Giants) and Darvish (Rangers) -- each came within one out of tossing a no-hitter in 2011, while the Padres fell one out shy in a team effort that included five different pitchers in 2011.
• Though Carrasco is clearly not alone, he is the first Indians pitcher to join that club since 1961. No other Tribe hurler had fallen one out shy of no-hit glory during that span.
• There have been only three outings this year in which a starting pitcher recorded 13 or more strikeouts while allowing no more than one hit -- and the Indians are responsible for two of those. Along with Carrasco's gem on Wednesday, staff ace Corey Kluber previously stifled the Cardinals to the tune of 18 strikeouts over eight one-hit innings on May 13. The other such start came from Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who struck out 16 in a one-hit shutout against the Brewers on June 14.
• In doing so, Carrasco and Kluber became just the third set of teammates since 1970 -- and the first since '86 -- to each turn in a start with 13 or more strikeouts and no more than one hit allowed in the same season. The other duos to accomplish the feat both involve Nolan Ryan, who did so alongside Tom Seaver with the 1970 Mets before also doing so alongside Mike Scott with the 1986 Astros.
• The Indians held the Rays without a baserunner through 6 1/3 innings on Wednesday night, marking the third time in as many games this series that a Cleveland starter has been perfect through five innings. Cody Anderson and Danny Salazar also breezed through five perfect innings on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, making the Indians the first team during the expansion era (since 1961) to begin three consecutive games with at least five perfect innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. With that in mind, it's of little surprise that Indians pitchers have worked a 1-2-3 inning in 20 out of the 27 frames so far this series.
• Carrasco's performance goes down as a career night not only for his close call with history, but also for setting multiple personal-bests. His 13 strikeouts marked a new career-high, surpassing the 12 he racked up in a two-hit shutout against the Astros on Sept. 17, 2014. He also threw 124 pitches on the night, 10 more than he had in any of his previous 69 career starts.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.