Rich Hill Loses No-Hitter, Game in Tenth Inning
For eight innings, Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty Rich Hill was perfect.
After nine innings he had a no-hitter, an error by third baseman Logan Forsythe the only blemish on perfection.
But the Dodgers couldn't get him a run, so he went back out for the tenth inning. Josh Harrison ended the masterpiece and the game with a home run leading off the bottom of the tenth as Pittsburgh beat the Dodgers 1-0.
It's not the first time Hill has flirted with perfection. He threw seven no hit innings last season but was pulled by manager Dave Roberts. Hill at the time had been bothered by blisters and Roberts didn't want to chance not having Hill for the postseason, a decision the Dodgers' skipper said made him sick to his stomach.
Hill was very matter of fact after the game. After being through so much in his career and life, he wasn't about to lament the evening. The Dodgers are the eighth different team Hill has pitched for and he finally got his big contract, three years, $48 million. Not bad for a guy who was playing independent league baseball two years ago. He's experienced bigger loss than last night. His infant son Brooks died of multiple medical issues three years ago.
Despite not winning or finishing off his no-hitter, Hill was philosophical after the game.
"We lost a ballgame. We have something bigger than any individual going on here. We're in it for the delayed gratification, not the instant gratification."
The Dodgers are 89-35. They finish their four game series with the Pirates Thursday.