What we learned as Alex Cobb falls one out shy of no-hitter in Giants' win
– Alex Cobb nearly pitched a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants against the Cincinnati Reds.– Cobb took a no-hitter into the ninth inning but gave up a double to Spencer Steer, ending the bid.
The Giants won the game 6-1, securing an important victory in the Wild Card race.
– Cobb's no-hit attempt was cut short by the double in the ninth inning.– He ended up pitching a one-hitter, throwing 131 pitches in total.– This performance was considered one of the best pitching performances in MLB that year
– Two significant defensive plays helped Cobb's no-hit bid.– In the third inning, a grounder by Nick Senzel resulted in an error, which was later corrected to an error on the third baseman
In the eighth inning, Austin Slater made a diving catch to keep Cobb's bid alive.
In the ninth inning, Cobb allowed a walk and a near double before giving up a double to Spencer Steer, ending the no-hit attempt.
– Cobb's career-high pitch count was 131 pitches during this game.– He had previously thrown 117 pitches in a game during his career.
– Cobb was on the verge of becoming the first Giant since 2015 to throw a no-hitter.– The last Giant to throw a no-hitter at Oracle Park was Tim Lincecum in 2014.
There have been four no-hitters in MLB that season, and Cobb was bidding to become the third that month.
The Giants received offensive help from the Reds, including a run scored on a balk and another on a wild pitch.
Patrick Bailey hit a home run to extend the lead in an aesthetically pleasing way, despite a near-catch by the outfielder.