Rich Hill flirted with history throughout the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park, falling just short of pitching baseball's 24th perfect game.The 37-year-old southpaw was nearly flawless for nine innings -- the lone baserunner, Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer, reaching on a fielding error by Dodgers
Rich Hill flirted with history throughout the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park, falling just short of pitching baseball's 24th perfect game.
The 37-year-old southpaw was nearly flawless for nine innings -- the lone baserunner, Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer, reaching on a fielding error by Dodgers third baseman John Forsythe to lead off the bottom of the ninth -- but the Dodgers' lineup couldn't come away with any runs to show for their eight hits and four walks.
Still, Hill carried a no-hitter into the 10th, when Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison broke it up with a walk-off home run in his team's first at-bat of the inning. With one swing, Harrison ended the game, and Hill's bid for the Dodgers' 26th no-no.
Below is an look at some facts and figures from a wild game at PNC Park:
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hill became the first pitcher since Pirates' Lefty Leifield in 1906 to receive a loss while pitching nine or more innings, allowing one or fewer hits and issuing zero walks.
Hill is also the first starting pitcher to receive a loss while pitching at least nine innings and allowing only one hit since the Royals' Kevin Appier on July 27, 1993, and only the 10th to suffer that fate since 1913.
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• According to Elias Sports, Harrison's blast marked the first time in history that a no-hit bid came to an end on a walk-off home run.
The last player to break up a no-hitter with an extra-inning HR was the Mets' Johnny Lewis, who homered off Cincinnati's Jim Maloney in the top of the 11th inning on June 14, 1965, to give the Amazin' Mets their first hit of the night. New York held on in the bottom half for a 1-0 win.
• This isn't the first time Harrison has played spoiler to a stellar pitching performance. Harrison also broke up Justin Verlander's no-hitter with a single with one out in the ninth inning on May 18, 2012, at Comerica Park.
• Hill is the only starting pitcher on record to suffer a loss while having a line featuring 1 hit, 0 walks and at least 10 K's.
• According to Elias, the last pitcher to lose a game after starting with at least nine no-hit innings before Hill was Montreal Expos pitcher Mark Gardner, who proceeded to give up three consecutive singles, including the walk-off, in a 1-0, 10-inning loss at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 1991.
• Hill became just the third pitcher to be hung with a loss after throwing an extra-inning, complete game while allowing just one hit. St. Louis Browns pitcher Bobo Newsom was the first on Sept. 18, 1934, followed by Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix's famous loss after 12 perfect innings May 26, 1959.
• Hill is the first starter to pitch beyond regulation since the Phillies' Cliff Lee did it against the Giants on April 18, 2012. Lee completed 10 innings in that outing at Citizens Bank Park and still remains the most recent starting pitcher to record an out in extra innings.
The Phillies still lost that game, 1-0, on a walk-off single by Melky Cabrera in the 11th.
• Hill's performance was the closest the Dodgers have come to a no-hitter since 2014, when Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett accomplished the feat. Beckett no-hit the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 25 that season, then Kershaw followed that up with a near-perfect no-no on June 18 against the Rockies when the only baserunner reached on an error in the seventh inning.
• With Hill's no-no bid falling incomplete, Homer Bailey of the Reds no-no against the Pirates on Sept. 28, 2012, remains the only one thrown at PNC Park.
• Prior to Wednesday, Hill hadn't completed more than seven innings in any of his previous 18 starts in 2017. His last complete game was in 2015 with the Red Sox. He tossed a two-hit shutout against the Orioles at Fenway Park on Sept. 25. Wednesday marked the third complete game of Hill's career. In addition to that Fenway shutout, he had one complete game of at least nine innings with the Cubs on Sept. 16, 2006, against the Reds.
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