Overall, it's been a very rough week for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They won the final two games of their series in Arizona, and threw a combined no-hitter on Friday night to beat the San Diego Padres in Mexico (a location being considered for expansion). Reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to the next batter. Chase Utley added a triple, while Tim Locator added a double and starting pitcher Walker Buehler added a base hit as well to cap off the offense for the Dodgers in the win.
It's the 23rd no-hitter in franchise history, though the Dodgers' first of the combined variety.
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In the ninth, Liberatore had two strikeouts and a flyout as he completed the game.
In San Diego's defense, every team in baseball has a chance to surpass 434 strikeouts this season, so it's not like the Padres are alone in their excessive whiffing. He entered the game 1-0 on the season with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Buehler pitched into the seventh inning, before being pulled after 93 pitches for Tony Cingrani, who kept the no-hitter going despite walking two that inning. Los Angeles Angles slugger Albert Pujols swatted his 3,000th hit as well. It was 12th combined no-hitter in major league history and the first outside the USA or Canada. Leading 4-0, Liberatore worked the ninth inning, striking out two Padres on 15 pitches before embracing his teammates. Now, the Dodgers get to feast on Bryan Mitchell, who has been brutal to start this season, and while Maeda hasn't been a world-beater by any means, the Dodgers are just the better team here and should be able to win this one easily.