For the second time in the young MLB season, we’ve seen a pitcher pulled with a no-hitter. This time it was Cleveland Indians star Trevor Bauer.
Bauer threw seven no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. But Cleveland reliever, but reliever Jon Edwards took the mound for the eighth inning. As Zack Meisel of The Athletic noted, the fans in Cleveland were not pleased.
There is a stark difference between Bauer’s bid and the one that Baltimore Orioles starter David Hess had on Monday.
Like Hess, Bauer struck out eight hitters. But other than that, and the fact that both came against the Toronto Blue Jays, these were very different games.
Hess had only walked one and had a fairly modest pitch count of 82. Bauer, on the other hand, had six walks and had thrown 117 pitches.
We understand the fans booing. Nobody ever likes seeing a pitcher removed from a no-hitter. But even in the middle of the season, when pitchers have built up more arm strength, nobody is completing two innings after throwing 117 pitches. Not in this era.