Now Here is a Linescore You Don’t See Every Day!

Not all no-hitters are the same.

According to Retrosheet records, there have been 193 instances of a team being no-hit in major league history (they have linescore records for 1918 through 2010).  Not surprisingly, in 180 of those games, the team being no-hit also scored no runs (see table below), leading to the linescore 0-0-x, where x is some number of errors.

RUNS DURING NO-HIT GAMES – 1918-2010

RUNS

TOT

0

180

1

10

2

2

3

0

4

1

Of course, the number of errors made by the team being no-hit has no impact upon the no-hitter itself.  However, they can and have led to some interesting linescores.  Here is the frequency of the unique linescores of no-hitters, with the date last accomplished (again, through 2010):

R-H-E FREQ LAST WIN LOSE
0-0-0

69

6/25/2010

ARI TBA
0-0-1

60

7/26/2010

TBA DET
0-0-2

37

4/18/2007

CHA TEX
0-0-3

13

5/18/2004

ARI ATL
0-0-4

1

8/27/1937

BRO CIN
1-0-0

2

5/17/1963

HOU PHI
1-0-1

3

7/28/1976

CHA OAK
1-0-2

3

6/28/2008

LAN ANA
1-0-3

2

9/8/1993

HOU NYN
2-0-0

1

4/12/1992

CLE BOS
2-0-1

1

4/30/1967

DET BAL
4-0-2

1

7/1/1990

CHA NYA

So there have been 13 occasions where the team being no-hit has managed to scratch out a run.  We can add one more atypical no-hitter linescore, with Tuesday’s 3-1 Angels victory over the Indians in which Ervin Santana held the Tribe hitless, but yielded a run in the first inning on an error, followed by a stolen base, a groundout and a wild pitch.

What makes this most recent no-no so unusual is the error count for Cleveland.  No team being no-hit has ever made more than four errors during the same game, but the Indians committed five miscues, leading to the first-ever linescore of 1-0-5.

Here’s to you, Cleveland . . . you’ve got 1-0-5 all to yourselves.

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