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A.J. Burnett loses no-hitter in eighth

Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

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11:00 p.m. EDT update: Burnett retired the side in order in the ninth to finish a one-hit shutout of the Cubs. It was his first shutout since 2006, his first year with the Blue Jays, but his 10th overall. He moved to 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA for the season.

10:39 p.m. EDT update: Burnett lost the no-hitter on an Adrian Cardenas single with two outs in the eighth.

Burnett previously hit Darwin Barney in the helmet with a pitch in the eighth, forcing Barney from the game. It was a breaking ball, though, and it actually was only rib-high, except Barney had the misfortune of ducking right into it.

Despite the little bout with wildness, Burnett easily could have gone into the ninth with the no-no intact. He threw a 2-2 curve to Cardenas that looked like a strike on the outside corner, but it was called a ball with the catcher having been set up inside. Cardenas lined the next pitch to right field.

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With one no-hitter already under his belt, the Pirates’ A.J. Burnett is now six outs away from No. 2. He retired the Cubs on six pitches in the seventh and is at just 74 pitches after seven innings.

It’d be a sharp contrast from Burnett’s previous no-hitter against the Padres on May 12, 2001. Pitching for the Marlins, he walked nine batters that night and threw 129 pitches against a lineup that included Rickey Henderson, Ryan Klesko and Dave Magadan (hitting cleanup!). Burnett has walked just two batters tonight.

If Burnett can get it done, it’d be the first time the Cubs have been no-hit in 47 years.

  1. pens5829 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Jerry Meals behind the plate?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Doesn’t matter who it was, as the replay showed it quite clearly was a ball. Unfortunate, but a good call. Hey, I wanted to see a no-hitter too. Alas, they really are hard to get.

  2. heyzeus143 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    F that ump in the 8th, call the damn strikes

  3. andrewproughcfe - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    The best part? The Yankees paid AJ for that shutout of the Cubs.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      That man was completely lost in NYC. The fans had completely soured on AJ so the change was best for him as well as the Yanks. I wish him well and remember the Yanks wouldn’t have won in 2009 without him.

  4. vdogg - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I am a Cubs fan (insert joke) who was watching the game. I am also a baseball fan and would have been ok with witnessing a no-no but the pitch AJ was pissed about was pretty far off the plate. The ump expanded the strike zone a lil bit already but couldn’t make that call. Felt bad for AJ as a fan but hey he threw a helluva game.

  5. bmorelikeme - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Who writes a blog post about a potential no-no in progress?..AJ losing it was clearly your fault Matthew.

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