List of Houston Astros no-hitters

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The Houston Astros (formerly known as the Houston Colt .45s from 1962–64) are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Houston, Texas. Formed in 1962, they play in the American League West division (formerly in the National League Central division until 2012). Pitchers for the Astros have thrown 11 no-hitters in franchise history. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings".[1] No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[2] A no-hitter is rare enough that only one team in Major League Baseball has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.[a] No perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been thrown in Astros history.[3] As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."[1]

Don Nottebart threw the first no-hitter in Astros history on May 17, 1963; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Mike Fiers on August 21, 2015.[3] No left-handed starting pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history. The longest interval between no-hitters was between a combined no-hitter led by Roy Oswalt and that thrown by Fiers, encompassing 12 years, 2 months and 10 days from June 11, 2003 to August 21, 2015. Conversely, the shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Nottebart and Ken Johnson, encompassing 11 months and 6 days from May 17, 1963 to April 23, 1964.[3] They no-hit the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers the most, which occurred twice. There are three no-hitters in which the team allowed at least a run, thrown by Nottebart in 1963, Johnson in 1964 (which was a 9-inning home loss), and Kile in 1993. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was by Wilson (in 1969), who allowed eight. Nine no-hitters were thrown at home, and two were thrown on the road. They threw two in April, two in May, two in June, one in July, one in August, and three in September. Of the 11 no-hitters, two have been won by a score of 2–0, and two others by the score of 6–0, more common than any other result. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was an 8–0 combined effort led by Oswalt in 2003. The smallest margin of victory was 2–0 wins by Wilson in 1967 and Mike Scott in 1993.

The umpire is also an integral part of any no-hitter. The task of the umpire in a baseball game is to make any decision "which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out… [the umpire's judgment on such matters] is final."[4] Part of the duties of the umpire making calls at home plate includes defining the strike zone, which "is defined as that area over homeplate (sic) the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap."[4] These calls define every baseball game and are therefore integral to the completion of any no-hitter.[5] A different umpire presided over each of the franchise's eleven no-hitters.

The manager is another integral part of any no-hitter. The tasks of the manager include determining the starting rotation as well as batting order and defensive lineup every game. Seven different managers have involved in the franchise's eleven no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Astros history[edit]

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
runners
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Notes Ref
1 May 17, 1963 Nottebart, DonDon Nottebart 4–1 4 Philadelphia Phillies Bateman, JohnJohn Bateman Vargo, EdEd Vargo
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First franchise's no-hitter at home
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • First franchise's no-hitter while allowing a run
[6]
2 April 23, 1964 Johnson, KenKen Johnson 0–1 4 Cincinnati Reds Grote, JerryJerry Grote Donatelli, AugieAugie Donatelli
  • 9-inning home loss
  • First and so far only pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter
[7]
3 June 18, 1967 Wilson, DonDon Wilson (1) 2–0 3 Atlanta Braves Adlesh, DaveDave Adlesh Williams, BillBill Williams
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • First no-hitter thrown at the Astrodome
[8]
4 May 1, 1969 Wilson, DonDon Wilson (2) 4–0 8 @ Cincinnati Reds Bryant, DonDon Bryant Davidson, SatchSatch Davidson
  • First franchise's no-hitter on the road
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Second game of a two-game series, in which both were no-hitters
[9]
5 July 9, 1976 Dierker, LarryLarry Dierker 6–0 4 Montreal Expos Herrmann, EdEd Herrmann McSherry, JohnJohn McSherry [10]
6 April 7, 1979 Forsch, KenKen Forsch 6–0 2 Atlanta Braves Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (1) Strey, MurrayMurray Strey
  • Game 2 of season
  • Earliest calendar date of a franchise's no-hitter
  • Bob and Ken Forsch are the only set of brothers to have thrown no-hitters
[11]
7 September 26, 1981 Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan* 5–0 3 Los Angeles Dodgers Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (2) Froemming, BruceBruce Froemming
  • Latest calendar date of a franchise's no-hitter
  • 5th of 7 no-hitters for Ryan
  • Broke Sandy Koufax's old record of no-hitters
  • The Dodgers would go on to win the 1981 World Series
[12]
8 September 25, 1986 Scott, MikeMike Scott 2–0 3 San Francisco Giants Ashby, AlanAlan Ashby (3) Engel, BobBob Engel
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Houston clinched NL West title
[13]
9 September 8, 1993 Kile, DarrylDarryl Kile 7–1 2 New York Mets Servais, ScottScott Servais Montague, EdEd Montague
  • Final no-hitter thrown at the Astrodome
[14]
10 June 11, 2003 Oswalt, RoyRoy Oswalt (1 IP)
Peter Munro (2.2 IP)
Kirk Saarloos (1.1 IP)
Brad Lidge (2 IP)
Octavio Dotel (1 IP)
Billy Wagner£ (1 IP)
8–0 6 @ New York Yankees Ausmus, BradBrad Ausmus Fichter, MikeMike Fichter
  • Oswalt left with an injury in the second inning
  • Equal most pitchers to throw a combined no-hitter in MLB history
  • First interleague no-hitter thrown by away team
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Final no-hitter thrown at the original Yankee Stadium
[15]
11 August 21, 2015 Fiers, MikeMike Fiers 3–0 3 Los Angeles Dodgers Castro, JasonJason Castro Tumpane, JohnJohn Tumpane
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter for the Astros as an American League team
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • 134 pitches with a swinging strikeout to end the game.
  • Astros acquired Fiers in a trade 23 days earlier making only his 3rd start for the club.
  • Fiers' first complete game ever; first time pitching in the 9th inning.
  • First no-hitter thrown at Minute Maid Park.
[16]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (June 29, 2008). "No-hit win makes no sense, except in baseball". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Houston Astros". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Umpires: Rules of Interest". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bronson, Eric. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, Pgs 98–99. ISBN 0-8126-9556-9. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
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  7. ^ "April 23, 1964 Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "June 18, 1967 Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "May 1, 1969 Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "July 9, 1976 Montreal Expos at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "April 7, 1979 Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "September 26, 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ "September 25, 1986 San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "September 8, 1993 New York Mets at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "June 10, 2003 Houston Astros at New York Yankees Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ "August 21, 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 

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