PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks, @LosDbacks) have announced a special offer this weekend for the no-hitter that wasn’t and the one-hitter that was. On Friday and Saturday, when Madison Bumgarner and Zac Gallen each make their next starts, the D-backs will offer $14 tickets to commemorate the 14 innings of combined one-hit, scoreless baseball during Sunday’s double header against the Braves.
Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with the jerseys worn in game by both D-backs pitchers and share them on social media with signs that say, “#MakeItCount.” D-backs catcher Carson Kelly has started a petition on change.org to recognize the game as an official no-hitter and fans can access it here.
“It’s a no-hitter to me and it will be forever,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo after the game. “I don’t know what the rule book is going to say … but for what’s going on in that [clubhouse] right now, for the special feeling that Madison gave us today, it was a no-hitter.”
Gallen and Bumgarner combined for the fewest amount of hits in a double header in Major League history. It also marked the first time in franchise history that the D-backs had registered back-to-back complete game shutouts.
The cap worn by Bumgarner in the game with no hits will be sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, as is customary for all no-hitters. Yesterday, Bumgarner was named the National League’s Co-Player of the Week.
According to Major League Baseball and the Elias Sports Bureau, a no-hitter thrown in a seven-inning game does not count as such in the record books based on a 1991 rule.
“It’s still a no-hitter,” said Kelly, who was behind the plate for Bumgarner’s gem. “We came in knowing it was a seven-inning game. That’s what we were told, and we gave up no hits in seven innings. That’s how I’m going to look at it.”
Fans can take advantage of the $14 ticket offer by using the promo code FOURTEEN when purchasing at dbacks.com. Additionally, the first 5,000 fans in attendance at each of the weekend games will receive the Graffiti Art Cap, courtesy of Pepsi.