German Marquez gives up his no-hitter to Ka'ai Thomas in the ninth inning. (0:27).
DENVER -- Ka'ai Thomas singled to begin the ninth inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 9-0 win. This broke up a valiant no hit bid by German Marquez, Colorado Rockies starter.
Marquez almost added his name to the growing number of no-hitters in 2021 as the veteran right-hander stumped the Pirates for eight inning.
Marquez, 26 years old, struck out five batters and walked one in a fast 92-pitch effort to record the second ever no-hitter at Coors Field. This was also the eighth in the majors this year.
"There were many things going through my head, and I was excited. Marquez stated that in my mind, it was clear that I had to calm down and pitch my pitches. "It was only one pitch that I missed, that's all."
The MLB total now stands at seven no-hitters. This is one shy of the single-season record, which was set in 1884, and it is not yet July. Six no-hitters have been recorded this season. The Chicago Cubs no-hit last week the Los Angeles Dodgers using a combined effort that included relievers.
Trevor Story scored two runs and was among five Rockies to score two or more runs in the win. Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4, scoring two runs and an RBI to support Marquez. He improved his season record to 7-6.
"I felt it. Marquez stated that he felt a sensation and didn't want it to be thought about. "But it's what it is."
After Tom's single, Marquez quickly recovered and inducing a double play, followed by a groundout, to end the game. He now has a record of 7-6 with a 3.62 ERA.
"My fastball command was excellent. Everything else is very easy when my fastball command works well. Today's slider was very sharp and my curveball was spectacular."
The Pirates agreed.
Derek Shelton, Pittsburgh manager, said that the team didn't have enough solid contact and was eliminated for the second time in succession. "We didn’t hit many things on the barrel. He was very good at keeping us off of the barrel. His breaking ball mix... He was very good at breaking the ball and then he added the fastball, especially late in the game, which is what caused us to have problems.
"His tempo was really great all night."
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.