Dodgers’ Buehler fuels combined no-hitter against Padres

Dodgers' Buehler fuels combined no-hitter against Padres

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their three-game Mexico Series against San Diego with a bang on Friday as Walker Buehler and three other pitchers joined forces to throw the first combined no-hitter in club history.

Buehler, making the third start of his major league career, threw six no-hit innings before manager Dave Roberts lifted him from the game in Monterrey.

Tony Cingrani pitched the seventh, walking two, then Yimi Garcia raced through the eighth before Adam Libertadore got the last three outs — striking out Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero to cap a 4-0 victory and seal just the 12th combined no-hitter ever in Major League Baseball.

“It was awesome — it’s one of those things, to pitch in a place like this, an atmosphere like this, it was awesome,” said Buehler, who raced out of the dugout to celebrate after the final out.

“My curveball was off, but that’s why I have a slider, too. It was good. I was happy with it. … Hard-hit balls are outs, and our defense played unbelievable, obviously. It was a cool night.”

Buehler, who had Tommy John elbow ligament surgery in 2015, admitted he was “pretty angry” to be taken out of the game.

“But the bullpen guys we have, I trust it in their hands, and it worked out,” he said.

It was the 23rd no-hitter in Dodgers history, but the first put together by a group of pitchers.

The most recent prior Dodgers no-hitter was thrown by Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014, against the Colorado Rockies.