Sept 2, 1990: Stieb no-hitter finally
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 1:00pm
CLEVELAND, OHIO • Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb finally threw a no-hitter on this date in 1990 after coming amazingly close at least 3 other times. He beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0. Stieb made
But the stretch David Andrew Stieb went through two years earlier was a remarkable string of ptiching dominance, and heartbreak. He came very close to tying - and even breaking - a record many thought was unreachable.
On September 24, 1988 (box scores/play-by-play below), also in Cleveland, Stieb did not allow a hit for 8 and 2/3 innings when Indians 2nd baseman Julio Franco came to bat. With a 2-2 count, Franco got a base hit to centerfield. Stieb retired the next batter for a 1-0, 1-hit shutout.
On September 30, Steib's very next start at home in Toronto, he did not allow the Baltimore Orioles a hit going into the 9th. He induced two groundouts, bringing pinch hitter Jim Traber to the plate. Again, on a 2-2 count, Traber got a base hit. The next batter grounded out and Dave Stieb had his second consecutive 1-hitter after not allowing a hit for 8 and 2/3rds. He came amazingly close to tying Johnny Vander Meer's streak of two consecutive no-hitters, but still had none.
The following spring, April 10, 1989, in New York, Dave Stieb threw his third 1-hitter in two seasons. It wasn't quite as dramatic this time as Stieb gave up the 1 hit in the 5th inning when Yankee catcher Jamie Quirk singled.
Considering Steib's September 24th and 30th starts of 1988 were his last two of the season, and April 10, 1989 was his second start of the next season, he through 3 one-hitters in 4 starts. Has there ever been a more dominating stretch by a pitcher in major league history?
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