May 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT
May 23, 1991
Making just his second start of the season, the Phillies’ Tommy Greene, a former first-round pick of the Braves with six major league victories to his credit, pitched a no-hitter against the Expos, striking out 10 and walking seven in the process.
Facing the Expos again five days later, he hurled a second straight shutout, allowing three hits, walking none and striking out nine in what could be argued was an even better performance. He threw 130 pitches in the no-hitter, as opposed to 110 in the second shutout.
In all, Greene allowed one run over 31 innings during the month of May. He went on to finish the season 13-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 207 2/3 innings, a total he reached despite pitching out of the bullpen for six weeks.
Unfortunately, it was one of only two healthy seasons Greene would have as a major leaguer. After throwing 120 pitches eight times in 1991, including 136 and 133 in September outings, he went 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA in a 1992 season in which he was limited by shoulder problems.
Healthy again in 1993, he went 16-4 with a 3.42 ERA to finish sixth in the NL Cy Young balloting. However, he was a major bust in the postseason, giving up 17 runs over 11 2/3 innings in his three starts. In his lone World Series outing, he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in Game 4. The Phillies overcame his struggles and took a 12-7 lead in the fifth inning, only to eventually lose to the Blue Jays 15-14.
Suffering from more shoulder problems, Greene won just two major league games after 2003. He retired at age 30 after a 1997 season spent primarily with Houston’s Triple-A affiliate.
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