MLB Weekly Digest: Astros Toss 14th Combined No-Hitter in MLB History


The last week in MLB was about a team in the American League making history, a starting pitcher in the National League reaches a significant milestone, and a division leader places a key player on the injured list.

Houston Astros Toss 14th Combined No-Hitter in MLB History Against Seattle Mariners

The Houston Astros had a very memorable game on Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners, as four pitchers tossed the 14th combined no-hitter in MLB history, per Yahoo Sports MLB.

Aaron Sanchez blanked the Mariners for six innings, then relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini, and Chris Devenski finished off the last three frames.

This was extremely special as it was the first start for Sanchez with the Astros, who was acquired at the trade deadline.

The right-hander made history, as he became the first pitcher to toss six-plus innings and not allow a hit in a debut following a midseason trade since Greg Maddux achieved the feat with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 3, 2006, per Stats by STATS.

Sanchez is just the second pitcher ever (Mark Langston, 1990) to be part of a combined no-hitter in his first start with a team, per MLB Stats.

This was the 12th no-hitter in Astros history and the first since Mike Fiers fired a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, per Brian McTaggart of

The Mariners have been victims of a combined no-hitter twice this season, as the Los Angeles Angels did it to them in July.

They’re the 14th team to get no-hit twice in the same year since the Dodgers and New York Mets in 2015, per Greg Johns of

The club not only has been on the wrong end of two combined no-hitters in 2019, but both have been by at least nine runs. The largest losses in any combined no-hitter ever, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Sanchez was having a rough 2019 season, as he entered this outing with a 3-14 record and 6.07 ERA in 23 starts.

However, he appears to be a much different pitcher with the Astros, and that’s a scary proposition for other teams in the American League.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Passes Legend Sandy Koufax on Dodgers Strikeout List

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has reached another significant milestone.

In his start last Thursday against the San Diego Padres, he passed Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax for third on the team’s all-time strikeout list with 2,397 strikeouts.

Kershaw just trails Don Sutton (2,696) and Don Drysdale (2,486) for the top spot on the Dodgers all-time strikeout list.

Koufax, who was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1972 was an exceptional pitcher and had a fantastic career with the Dodgers, especially the last five seasons.

Kershaw has had a Hall-of-Fame career, considering the left-hander has won multiple Cy Young Awards, won an MVP, and led the NL in wins and ERA numerous times.

Kershaw has a terrific chance to be the Dodgers’ all-time leader in strikeouts, providing he can stay healthy.

New York Yankees Place Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion on Injured List with Fractured Wrist

The New York Yankees have been dealt another significant loss as they placed first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion on the injured list Saturday with a fractured wrist.

He was hit by a pitch on the wrist during Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.

Encarnacion hopes to be back within three weeks but was told his wrist will take between three to five weeks to heal, per Bryan Hoch of

Encarnacion has a .223 batting average and .801 OPS in 35 games for the Yankees with nine home runs and 25 RBIs.

The team will miss Encarnacion while on the IL, as the veteran has been a source of power in their lineup.

The Yankees have placed several key players on the IL in 2019 but have managed to overcome adversity.

The club has been remarkably resilient, as the injuries haven’t impacted their performance on the baseball diamond, considering they’re one of two teams in the AL with at least 70 wins.

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