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Rich Hill Loses No-Hitter in 10th Inning Against Pirates, Makes History

A historical performance for the Dodgers’ pitcher

Rich Hill was dealing on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, but extra innings ended up costing him a chance at a no-hitter. And he became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to lose a no-hitter on a walk-off home run in extra innings, according to MLB.com.

As if Hill pitching into the 10th inning wasn’t enough, he only threw 99 pitches the entire game. He literally carried his team on his back all night, and they were still bested by the Pirates. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams did plenty to keep his team in it also, throwing eight shutout innings in which he scattered seven Dodgers hits.

Wednesday night’s game was arguably the best pitched game of the season by pitchers from both teams, and Hill as well as Williams should feel proud for the effort that they each put in for their teams.

Another thing that stood out from the game was that Hill only relied on two pitches, which he effectively used for 76 strikes on 99 pitches.

Hill’s stuff was electric Wednesday and he had plenty of swing and misses from Pirates’ hitters, but the one that got him was a game-winner.

Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison came up in the bottom of the 10th inning and decided that one swing would end it. As great as Hill pitched, it was a pitch down the middle that sealed his fate as the losing pitcher, and Harrison trotted around the bases after his walk-off home run.

With October right around the corner, hopefully there will be plenty of playoff baseball that can be as epic as Wednesday’s regular season game in Pittsburgh.

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