Thursday, June 8, 2023

Mariners Ray loses no-hitter to grounder with his glove

SEATTLE ( Associated Press) – Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray lost a no-hit bid against the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning with two outs when he bounced a ground ball off his glove.

Max Stacey hit a high chopper on Friday night towards the mound that went right over Ray’s head. The current AL Cy Young Award winner did not jump, and the ball passed over his glove, giving Stacey time to hit an infield single.

Ray immediately looked to the outfield scoreboard to see the official scorer’s decision. He smiled when Stacy was awarded a hit.

Ray had retired 18 straight hitters. He finished seventh with 10 strikeouts and one walk, leading Seattle 8–0.

Seattle’s ace went to Mike Trout in the first inning, letting Matt Duffy go through the fielder’s pick and then hitting Luis Rengifo with a pitch. He dropped out of the innings on Stacy’s groundout and did not allow a second runner until Stacy arrived in the seventh.

Ray has a rocky start in his first season with Seattle on a $115 million, five-year deal. After winning the Cy Young Award with Toronto last year, he entered Friday 5-6 with a 4.52 ERA.

Ray dismissed a pair of batsmen in the second and third innings, and then dismissed the team with Brandon Marsh, Juan Lagares and Andrew Velazquez in the fifth.

In the sixth inning, Ray pushed Jack Mayfield to center field, induced a pop-out from Taylor Ward, and then dismissed Trout.

There have been two no-hitters in the majors this season. Tyler Magill and four New York Mets relievers combined for one against Philadelphia on April 29. Los Angeles Angels rookie Reed Daters made a throw on May 10 against Tampa Bay.

Seattle’s last no-hitter was bowled by James Paxton in Toronto on May 8, 2018.


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