Pirates, Cubs minor league pitchers combine for no hits in the same game but just one recognized no-hitter

Sometimes baseball fans need a reminder that not all no-hitters are the same. Thursday in the Dominican Summer League, PIT Black and Cubs Red threw two hitless games in a 2-0 Cubs win.

PIT Black had a particularly brutal day, with his pitchers making seven walks and his fielders making three errors, which can only be described as lark.

Cubs Red’s two runs came from errors in the first inning. After leadoff walks to Darlyn De Leon and Joan Delgado – followed by a successful double steal – they brought in separate throwing errors.

Cubs Red gave up four walks in their win, which while not pretty is definitely an improvement.

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Who promoted PIT Black and Cubs Red?

The most important question with such a performance is: who was involved in it?

Three pitchers on each side pitched innings in the seven-inning game.

PIT Black Pitchers

jug IP K bb
Jonathan Salazar 2/3 1 3
Dioris Valdez 3 1/3 4 1
Strife Blanco 2 4 3

Cubs Red Jugs

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Juan Bello 4 2 1
Wilber Rodriguez 2 3 1
Yohan Crispin 1 2 2

How many double no-hitters have there been in MLB history?

MLB has seen only one double no-hitter in its history. Interestingly, the Cubs were also involved.

On May 2, 1917, Fred Toney and Hippo Vaughn each went nine innings, keeping the Cubs and Reds scoreless. After the game went into the extra innings, Vaughn lost his no-hitter in the top of the 10th while Toney finished it off in the home half, giving the Reds a 1-0 win and Toney a 10-inning no-hitter brought.

That remains the only double no-hitter in MLB history.

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Why don’t both games count as no-hitters?

Minor League Baseball’s website only recognized the Cubs Red’s no-hitter because the team went seven innings down. PIT Black only threw six frames without a hit.

In MLB this year, the Reds didn’t give up hits in a loss in Pittsburgh, but the feat wasn’t recognized as a no-hitter because the Pirates didn’t bat in the ninth quarter. The Reds didn’t give up hits for eight innings; The Elias Sports Bureau determined that a no-hitter must go at least nine innings to be recognized.

Another example from MLB: Madison Bumgarner’s non-no-no in April 2021. While the Diamondbacks’ left-hander didn’t give the Braves a hit, he only threw seven innings because the MLB shortened doubleheader games to seven, breaking the rules of the minor League reflects , as part of the COVID-19 protocols.

The Sporting News compiled a list of two no-hitters that didn’t happen in MLB.

Regardless of how “official” this game might be, it’s still a fun quirk. Still, PIT Black should leave this game feeling like it still has a lot of work to do before its next game.

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