The San Diego Padres nearly exited the shrinking no no-hitter club Thursday, with Mat Latos taking his no-no into the sixth inning en route to a one-hit complete game shutout.
Latos actually had a perfect game going when the San Francisco Giants’ Eli Whiteside hit a comebacker that bounced off the Padres starter and dribbled toward third. Third baseman Chase Headley charged in, barehanded the ball and fired a bullet to first, but Whiteside’s right foot just beat his throw to the bag.
(For the record, it was the correct call and there was no way it could be ruled an error.)
That infield hit, the Giants’ only H-column entry of the game, moved the Padres’ no no-hitter count to 6,498 regular season games, leaving the circa-1969 franchise still trailing the New York Mets (circa 1962) by 1,181 regular season games in the no no-no department.
The Colorado Rockies exited the no no-no club this year when Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-hitter, breaking that franchise’s streak after 2,647 games. That leaves just the Mets (7,679 games), the Padres (6,498 games) and the Tampa Bay Rays (1,921 games) as the three clubs having never thrown one of these rare feats.
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