For the first time in over a decade, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to win a game without a single registered hit. Pittsburgh was going head-to-head with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds were starting their incredible rookie Hunter Greene, who was looking impossible to hit on throughout the night. That ended up being true, the Pirates didn’t have a hit. Though it just didn’t matter in the end, Pittsburgh won the game 1-0 thanks to three straight walks and a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time that a team has won without registering a single hit. The Pirates are now the SIXTH team to do so in MLB history. However, they are the first since the Los Angeles Dodgers did it back in 2008.
The pitcher for the Reds, Greene, was phenomenal. In just his seventh career start, he had played in seven 1/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts on the day and threw 65 sliders. The only downside to his night was allowing five walks. With those walks ultimately ending the night for him and his franchise. However, he clearly shouldn’t be the one putting the weight of the loss on his shoulders. As a team, you have to be able to score at least one run when the opposing team doesn’t register a hit.
Pirates Had Equally Strong Pitcher
The Pirates pitcher, Jose Quintana, put together an equally strong performance. He was the reason that Cincinnati had such a hard time hitting the ball themselves. He put together seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and only one walk. Even he admitted after the game that Greene was the better pitcher that night. He said, “I think he threw the ball better than me.”
Without a doubt, this will certainly end up being one of the weirdest games of the current MLB season. Plus, even with the loss, the future looks bright with Greene pitching for Cincinnati.
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