Dodgers' Buehler fuels combined no-hitter against Padres

Dodgers' Buehler fuels combined no-hitter against Padres

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Walker Buehler and two relievers have combined for eight hitless innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a neutral-site game against the San Diego Padres. Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore carried the final three innings.

Friday's combined no-hitter doesn't erase all of those problems, but it's a nice stepping stone for the Dodgers to get their season back on track. He had gone 0-for-3 in his first Major League Baseball game of the season on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He actually could have four as he pitched five shutout innings in his season debut, but he took a no decision in that game. Prior to being yanked, Buehler was dealing, sitting down 10 consecutive Padres. Cingrani walked two in the seventh, but the lefty kept the bid intact. Adam Liberatore completed the combined no-hitter with a ideal ninth inning.

It was the 23rd no-hitter in the history of the Dodgers franchise; the Padres are the only team without a no-hitter in their franchise's history.

Buehler's highest pitch count in the majors is 94 pitches, reached in his previous outing against San Francisco. Both teams are struggling and now hold the last two spots in the NL West with the Dodgers sitting at 4th place with a 14-17 record and seven games behind the lead of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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"My curveball was off, but that's why I have a slider, too". Reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to the next batter.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn't afraid to pull a young pitcher during a no-hitter. Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 21.

1-9 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter.

In his first at bat of the night in the second inning, Locastro struck out. "It*s a night that no one is going to forget".

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