10 facts and figures from Fiers' historic no-hitter
By Paul Casella
Astros newcomer Mike Fiers stifled the Dodgers on Friday night en route to tossing the fifth no-hitter of the 2015 season.
None of those other four pitchers needed as many pitches as Fiers, nor had they pitched for the Astros, a franchise that had gone more than two decades without a complete-game no-hitter. Here's a look at 10 facts and figures surrounding Fiers' historic night.
1. Fiers needed 134 pitches to complete his historic outing on Friday night, tied for the fourth-most in a no-hitter since 1988. Edwin Jackson, who needed 149 pitches to complete his June 25, 2010, no-hitter, holds the record during that span. The only other pitchers to throw more pitches in a no-hitter since pitch counts were officially tracked are Tim Lincecum (148 pitches on July 13, 2013) and Randy Johnson (138 on June 2, 1990).
2. Fiers is just the eighth pitcher in the last 10 years -- and the first since that 148-pitch no-hitter by Lincecum in 2013 -- to toss at least 134 pitches in a single outing, regardless of the result. Half of those outings have come in no-hitters, courtesy of Fiers, Lincecum, Jackson and Johan Santana (134 pitches on June 1, 2012).
3. Fiers is just the fifth starter to throw a no-hitter in Interleague Play -- and only the third American League pitcher to no-hit a National League opponent. The others to accomplish the feat are Henderson Alvarez (Marlins, 2013), Jackson (D-backs, 2010), Justin Verlander (Tigers, 2007) and David Cone (Yankees, 1999, perfect game), with the last two being the only previous AL pitchers to do so.
4. It's the seventh overall Interleague no-hitter, including a pair of combined no-no's -- each of which involved one of the teams involved in Friday's no-hitter. The Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the same Dodgers on June 8, 2012, while the Astros also used six pitchers in no-hitting the Yankees on June 11, 2003.
5. Fiers is no stranger to the NL, considering he was just traded from the Brewers to the Astros on July 30. That makes Fiers the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter after being traded in that same season since Jim Bibby in 1973, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
6. This is the second time the Astros have no-hit the Dodgers. The other such outing came on Sept. 26, 1981, courtesy of Nolan Ryan, who was also in attendance for Fiers' effort on Friday night. That no-hitter was Ryan's fifth out of his all-time record seven. The first four came with the Angels, while the final two came when he was a member of the Rangers.
7. Fiers' no-hitter comes just one night after he watched his teammates nearly get no-hit by Rays ace Chris Archer. The Astros were one-hit on Thursday before throwing a no-hitter on Friday, making them the first team since the 1975 Angels to throw a no-hitter in a game immediately after being one-hit or no-hit themselves. The Halos were one-hit by the Orioles on May 31, 1975, before the aforementioned Ryan fired one of his seven no-hitters the following day against those same O's.
8. Not including the combined effort in 2003, this is the 10th no-hitter in Astros franchise history -- and the first since Darryl Kile on Sept. 8, 1993.
9. Nine of those 10 no-hitters have come in home games, though this is the first no-hitter thrown at Houston's Minute Maid Park, which opened in 2000. The only Astro to throw a no-hitter on the road is Don Wilson, who held the Reds hitless at Cincinnati's Crosley Field on May 1, 1969.
10. Two other no-hitters have been thrown on this date in Major League history. The first belonged to former Cubs hurler Walter Thornton, who fired a no-hitter against Brooklyn on Aug. 21, 1898. The other came on Aug. 21, 1926, when White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons no-hit the Red Sox.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.