|Max Scherzer and catcher Wilson Ramos celebrate|
at the end of Scherzer's no-hitter.
Sherz close and yet Sherz far.
Max Scherzer's no-hitter Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates was a debatable hit-by-pitch away from perfection. The HBP -- with two out in the ninth -- could have been overturned on the basis that Jose Tabita didn't try to get out of the way of the pitch, but that is an exceedingly rare call.
It was made, rather famously, to preserve Don Drysdale's consecutive scoreless inning streak. Drysdale hit Dick Dietz of the Giants with the bases loaded, but home plate umpire Chris Pelekoudas refused to award the hitter first base.
This was the second time in major league history that a perfect game was denied on a hit batter with two outs in the ninth inning. The first was in 1908, when Hooks Wiltse hit the opposing pitcher. (George McQuillan was also throwing a shutout.) Wiltse wound with with a 10-inning no-hitter.