John Means pitched the Baltimore Orioles’ first no-hitter in 30 years, and the organization’s first no-hitter by a lone pitcher since all-time great Jim Palmer in 1969, as the Orioles defeated the host Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday afternoon.
The only baserunner Means allowed came on a strikeout. With one out in the bottom of the third, Seattle’s Sam Haggerty swung and missed a 1-2 pitch low and in the dirt. The ball skipped past catcher Pedro Severino and went all the way to the backstop, allowing Haggerty to reach first base without a throw on the wild pitch.
Haggerty was erased on the bases when he was caught stealing. John Means is the first pitcher in MLB history to fail to record a perfect game despite facing the minimum of 27 batters without a hit, walk, hit-by-pitch or an error.
Baltimore’s most0recent no-hitter came July 13, 1991 at Oakland when Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combined to accomplish the feat.
Here’s a look at how the game ended with John Means finding himself in the record books.
This continued a tremendous start to the 2021 MLB season for the 28-year-old left-hander. Means now boasts a 4-0 record with a 1.37 ERA while striking out 50 batters compared to just 10 walks in seven starts.
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(Field Level Media contributed to this report)