Robbie Ray was thrown with a ground ball while trying to throw a no-hitter in the seventh inning, which didn’t stop the Seattle Mariners from crushing the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 on Friday night.
Ray’s potential double zero collapsed when Max Sarsi hit a wild grounder on the mound just above the pitcher’s head.
Ray, the eventual Cy Young winner in the American League, did not jump, and the ball hit the toe of his glove. Thus Stacey had time to hit the infield.
The left-hander looked and looked at the electronic scoreboard in the outfield to see what the official scorer had set. He smiled when Stacy was awarded a hit, breaking a streak of 18 straight retired hitters.
Rey finished the seventh inning and returned in eighth, opened with a triple by Juan Lagares. The Dominican scored a double by Andrew Velazquez.
Ray was fired shortly thereafter. He allowed one run and three hits in a job that included 10 strikes.
When manager Scott Servais asked for the ball, he got loud cheers.
On Wednesday, the Angels came within one after the Dodgers went hitless by Tyler Anderson. On June 2, Jameson Tellon had a perfect game cut by the New York Yankees against the Angels in the eighth inning.
According to STATS, they are the first team since the Houston Astros in 1984 to break no-hitter attempts after the sixth inning three times in a single month.
For the Angels, Venezuelan Luis Rengifo 3-0. Dominican Juan Lagares 3-1 with a run.
For the Mariners, Dominican Julio Rodriguez scored a run and 4-3 with an RBI. Venezuela 4-1 with Eugenio Suarez RBI.