May 19, 2021 - Sports

MLB's year of the no-hitter

Two people hugging on a baseball field
Spencer Turnbull celebrates with his girlfriend after his no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Spencer Turnbull tossed the fifth no-hitter of the MLB season on Tuesday night in Seattle, baffling the Mariners in Detroit's 5-0 win.

By the numbers: The five no-hitters through May 18 match the 1917 season for the most in baseball history by that date.

  • The Mariners and Indians have both been no-hit twice, and there have been 10 games this season in which a pitcher took a no-hitter into at least the seventh inning.
  • Through 43 games, the Mariners are hitting an atrocious .199 as a team — and yet they're still a respectable 21-22.

The backdrop: Turnbull threw 117 pitches, 77 for strikes, while fanning nine batters and walking two.

  • The 28-year-old, once best known for going 3-17 in 2019, had never lasted more than seven innings in any of his previous 49 starts.
  • "It's just surreal," Turnbull said. "I don't have words right now. Probably the best day in my life."

ğŸŽ¥ Highlight: Like seemingly every no-hitter, there was a tremendous defensive play that kept it alive. Shoutout to third baseman Jeimer Candelario for making Turnbull's dreams come true with this stop.

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