Here is how Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak ended Sunday afternoon at 45 2/3 …
Kirk Nieuwenhuis opened the bottom of the third with a hit-by-pitch, moved to second on a Kevin Plawecki single, and then advanced to third on an error by Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson. Greinke’s scoreless innings streak goes down as the sixth-longest in MLB history and the fourth-longest since 1920.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been designated for assignment by the Mets.
Nieuwenhuis has been a part-time player for the Mets in each of the past four seasons, hitting a combined .230 with 13 homers and a .676 OPS in 226 games while starting in all three outfield spots. This season he’s 3-for-38 with 17 strikeouts.
His numbers in the minors are better, but still nothing special, so at age 28 the Mets felt comfortable in exposing him to the waiver wire. Triple-A outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who was hitting .336 in 37 games for Las Vegas but has an underwhelming track record, replaces Nieuwenhuis on the roster.
Update (6:35 PM ET): Despaigne lost his no-hitter after recording back-to-back strikeouts of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Curtis Granderson. Daniel Murphy ripped a high fastball for a double to left-center. David Wright followed up with a ground ball single up the middle to score Murphy. Despaigne departs having allowed the one run and two hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked three, hit two batters, and struck out five on 123 pitches.
Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne has no-hit the Mets through seven innings this afternoon. He hasn’t been perfect by any means, as he has walked three and hit two batters with baseballs. He loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and a hit batter before escaping the seventh. Despaigne will enter the eighth inning having thrown 100 pitches.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal gave his pitcher some run support, blasting a solo home run to right-center off of Zack Wheeler in the fourth inning. The Padres have scratched out eight hits but have managed only the one run.
Despaigne, making his fifth career start, has been great for the Padres. He entered the afternoon with a 1.35 ERA and a 12/8 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings.
We’ll keep you updated as Despaigne progresses through the game in an attempt to throw the first no-hitter in Padres history. The Mets were last victims of a no-hitter on September 8, 1993, when Astros starter Darryl Kile accomplished the feat. The Padres, of course, watched a no-hitter earlier this season when Giants starter Tim Lincecum held them hitless on June 25.