April 24, 2024

Rockies no-hitter: Colorado bullpen loses no-hitter in ninth inning, gives up double to Giants’ J.D. Davis

One of the many great things about attending a baseball game is the chance to see something you’ve never seen before. Those in attendance in Coors Field for Friday’s Giants-Rockies bout almost witnessed something that easily qualifies. 

San Francisco outfielder J.D. Davis laced a double to lead off the ninth inning off Rockies reliever Nick Mears, breaking up a wild no-hitter that saw Colorado losing for most of the game.

The Giants got on the board in the second inning in this one and held a 1-0 lead for a while. They drew two walks to start the inning and then a deep fly ball moved the lead runner, Michael Conforto, to third base. Patrick Bailey drove home a run on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher. 

The Rockies rallied in the bottom of the eighth to set the table for their pitching staff to make history and also avoid the hilariously dubious distinction of throwing a no-hitter while losing a game. Still, they were only able to score one run, making the score 1-1 heading to the ninth with the Giants still seeking their first hit. 

Chase Anderson started the game for the Rockies and worked seven no-hit innings, striking out seven but walking five. His run allowed was an earned run, as can be figured from the above description. Rockies reliever Justin Lawrence followed Anderson by striking out the only hitter he faced, but he also appeared to turn his ankle on the third strike and had to leave the game. Nick Mears came on in relief and recorded the last two outs of the inning.

Generally speaking, Coors Field is the easiest ballpark in the majors in which to get a hit. There’s a lot of focus on the power numbers that Rockies players can put up at home due to the thin air, but the most hitter-friendly feature is actually the spacious outfield. Due to the thin air, the ballpark was built with huge dimensions and — again, due to the thin air — most outfielders play incredibly deep. This makes it much easier than most ballparks to dump singles in front of the outfielders. 

Add it all up and this won’t be much of a surprise: There has only been one no-hitter in Coors Field history. Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers threw one on Sept. 17, 1996.

The Rockies have only one no-hitter in club history. It came when Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-no in then-Braves home Turner Field on April 17, 2010. 

There have been four no-hitters so far in 2023: Domingo Germán, Framber Valdez, Michael Lorenzen and a combined job from the Tigers.

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