UPDATE: Wow. Well, that’s over. Rich Hill, with 95 pitches under his belt, came out to pitch the 10th with the no-hitter still intact. The first batter he faced was Josh Harrison and Harrison deposited the fourth pitch he saw from Hill over the left field wall for a walkoff homer. It was the only hit allowed in the game.
UPDATE: Rich Hill is coming out for the 10th!
UPDATE: Man, ain’t this a thing? We have completed nine innings in Pittsburgh, and Rich Hill has tossed a no-hitter for those nine, with only that Logan Forsythe error marring it. But we’re heading into extra innings, however, because the Dodgers have been unable to score off Pirates pitchers either. It’s 0-0, babies! Hill is the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into extra-innings since Pedro Martinez did it on June 3, 1995. Martinez allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th inning in that game and left without a perfect game, or even a no-hitter, as theExpos beat the Padres 1-0.
Hill has thrown 95 pitches so he could, theoretically, come out in the 10th in an attempt to keep the no-no alive. We’ll see if Dave Roberts lets him.
UPDATE: The perfect game is over after Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe committed an error, allowing Jordy Mercer to reach. The n0-hitter is still intact, however.
UPDATE: He’s perfect through eight! He has ten strikeouts on the night. One more inning to go. And, of course, the Dodgers need to give him at least one run or else this thing doesn’t end in nine. Note: No Dodgers pitcher has tossed a perfecto since Sandy Koufax did it against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965.
9:09 PM: Dodgers starter Rich Hill is facing off against the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight. And he’s not having any trouble with them: he’s absolutely perfect though seven innings. He’s needed 73 pitches to get that far, so if he can keep the perfection up he certainly has enough in the tank to finish it.
Thing is: he may not even get the win. That’s because Pirates starter Trevor Williams has blanked the Dodgers through eight, scattering seven hits and four walks yet, somehow, not allowing a run to score.
The Pirates are coming to bat in the bottom of the eighth. We’ll keep you posted.