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Reds and Pirates Have Ten More Chances to Repeat the Dubious Feat

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Joe Torre Was managing The Dodgers When They Won Without Getting a Hit

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When a team loses all but three of its first twenty five games, there is almost no dubious feat that will surprise anyone. So when the Reds became just the sixth team in the hundred fifty year history of baseball to lose a game against a team that had no hits, few eyebrows were raised.

Cincinnati has had trouble scoring runs all season, even though a few slugfests have padded their overall totals. That they were shutout was no shock, except maybe the fact it came against a team nearly as bad as the Reds themselves.

Pittsburgh somehow managed to plate a run without getting a hit, simply because rookie pitcher Hunter Green walked too many batters. After issuing bases on balls to the first two hitters in the eighth, manager David Bell yanked Green.

Another walk loaded the bases, after which the Pirates plated a run on a fielder's choice. Cincinnati failed to score in the top of the ninth, thus for the sixth time in MLB history a team lost in spite of allowing no hits the opponent.

As rare as it was, the event brought few headlines because of the teams involved. Neither the Reds nor the Pirates are very good and, if Las Vegas were to offer odds on a game being won by a team with no hits, this matchup would be the hands-down favorite.

Far more of a shock was the last time it had been done, way back in 2008. Unlike the last place Reds, the Angels were in first place when they lost a game in which the opponent had no hits.

The Angels had a potent offense, anchored by future Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Joining Vlad in the lineup was All-Star outfielders Torii Hunter and Garrett Anderson, the latter of which had been a key contributor to the team's World Series Championship a few years before.

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Anaheim's team was so talented, in fact, that they would go on to win a hundred games, making quite unnecessary the no-hitter they lost on June 28. Still, a victory would have been nice right then, since their opponents were their cross-town rival Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers who, even though they were not the force back then than they are currently, they still had a formidable lineup. Half of them were All-Stars, and second baseman Jeff Kent had actually been the National League Most Valuable Player a few years earlier.

With Kent at cleanup between talents like Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, Andre Ethier, James Loney, Matt Kemp and Juan Pierre, one wonders how right hander Jared Weaver managed to limit them to no hits. He was at times a little erratic, issuing several walks and committing an error that led to the only run of the game.

Also aiding the Dodgers was the incredible experience of their manager, Joe Torre, who had for the previous six seasons won pennants and multiple World Series Championships leading the New York Yankees. If any skipper could muster a win without a hit, it would be Torre.

Since he is a horse owner who frequents Lexington, Kentucky, Torre might have been attendance had the forgettable game occurred in Cincinnati rather than Pittsburgh. Should he desire to re-live first hand the experience of a losing no-hitter, Torre still has a great chance to do so.

The Reds and Pirates play ten more times this year, and two of the series are in Cincinnati. It would be not all that surprising if the same two clubs somehow managed to repeat the dubious performance.


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