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Clayton Richard loses his no-hitter bid in the 7th inning

And the Padres remain as the only MLB team without a no-hitter

Clayton Richard loses his no-hitter bid in the 7th inning

Clayton Richard loses his no-hitter bid in the 7th inning

Clayton Richard loses his no-hitter bid in the 7th inning

Clayton Richard loses his no-hitter bid in the 7th inning

 For Clayton Richard -- of all pitchers -- to become the first Padre in history to throw a no-hitter, it was always going to take a dash of luck. Richard is a sinkerballer who pitches to contact and gets more ground balls, on average, than any other starter in the Majors.

That luck deserted him in the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park, where the Padres reeled off their fourth straight series victory with a 3-1 win.

 

Richard had thrown 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball when Miguel Rojas bounced a hard chopper through the middle. Just like that -- after Richard had emphatically dominated Miami's lineup all afternoon -- the bid was over. The Padres remain the only franchise without one.

Richard didn't make history, but he was spectacular nonetheless. The lone run scored when JT Riddlefollowed Rojas with a single of his own. But Richard escaped the jam to complete seven excellent innings with five strikeouts, two hits and three walks. Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the sixth proved the difference on the scoreboard.

Until Rojas' single, Padres infielders gobbled up everything that came their way. Freddy Galvis made a pair of excellent plays at short. Second baseman Jose Pirela executed two nice plays on the run, robbing Riddle and Lewis Brinson.

There was nothing either could do on Rojas' single, however. The Marlins' third baseman scorched it at 105 mph. But because of its negative launch angle, Statcast™ awarded the play a 43-percent hit probability.

It wasn't to be. As the ball whirred past Richard, he pirouetted on the mound in a mixture of frustration and disappointment. The Padres' drought had reached 7,881 games.

AJ Cassavell MLB.com

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