Phil Hughes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night, but his no-hit bid was spoiled by the A’s leadoff hitter Eric Chavez who reached on an infield single. Hughes struck out the next batter for his career high 10th strikeout of the game.
The infield single that broke up the pitching gem was a weak comebacker that ricocheted off of Hughes who then lost track of the ball as Chavez reached safely.
This isn’t the first time Hughes flirted with a no-no in his career. Back on May 1, 2007 against the Texas Rangers Hughes didn’t allow a hit through 6.1 innings before leaving the game after he felt a pop in his hamstring. At the time that was just the second career start of his career.
In the end he didn’t get it done either time, but he did pitch one hell of a game against the Athletics. Aside from CC Sabathia, Hughes has been my favorite pitcher to watch since they missed the 2008 playoffs, and he has not disappointed this season.