Nats' Aníbal Sánchez working on no-hitter in Game 1 of NLCS





ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Washington Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth inning on a clean single by St. Louis Cardinals pinch-hitter Jose Martinez in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.

Martinez lined an 82 mph split-finger fastball into center field, spoiling Sanchez's shot at the third no-hitter in postseason history. Two batters earlier, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman preserved the bid by diving to catch a line drive by Tommy Edman.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez pulled Sanchez after the hit and brought in left-hander Sean Doolittle. Sanchez struck out five, hit two batters and walked one on 103 pitches. The right-handed Sanchez waved to standing fans in St. Louis as he left the field.

Doolittle pitched cleanly out of the eighth to preserve a 2-0 lead. The Nationals are without closer Daniel Hudson, who was placed on paternity leave earlier Friday.

Sanchez retired his first 10 batters before Kolten Wong walked in the fourth for St. Louis' first baserunner. He stole second and went to third on catcher Yan Gomes' throwing error, but Marcell Ozuna fouled out to end the inning.

Sanchez got a break in the fifth when Matt Carpenter tipped a 1-2 pitch that bounced off the dirt and into Gomes' mitt. Carpenter briefly argued the ball wasn't caught cleanly, but it was ruled a strikeout - that play can't be reviewed.

The 35-year-old Sanchez pitched a no-hitter as a rookie with the Florida Marlins in 2006. He also threw six hitless innings in the opener of the 2013 AL Championship Series for Detroit against Boston but was pulled after 116 pitches. The Tigers bullpen finished a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory.

Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 NL Division Series.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

COMMENTS

More Related News

What if Bryce Harper re-signed with the Nationals?
What if Bryce Harper re-signed with the Nationals?

The Nationals could well still win a title in 2019, but challenges would come immediately afterward.

Nats reverse plans after Doolittle statement, will pay minor leaguers full stipend
Nats reverse plans after Doolittle statement, will pay minor leaguers full stipend

The organization was going to reduce pay to minor-league players under contract by $100.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut
Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

One day after getting big blowback, the Nationals have reversed course on a puzzling decision.

Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend
Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend

The Nationals changed course and told their minor leaguers on Monday they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 at least through June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team's major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments. Doolittle wrote on Twitter that Nationals major leaguers held a video conference call after The Athletic reported Sunday the club would be releasing more than two dozen minor league players and reducing stipends for players in the minors from $400 to $300 per week. A text message sent by the Nationals to players in the minors and forwarded Monday to The Associated Press reads: ''Upon further internal discussion, you...

MLB return: Will pending free agents choose to sit out 2020?
MLB return: Will pending free agents choose to sit out 2020?

A late-night counter-proposal from the players to the league opens the door for the option.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Baseball