Houston Astros pitcher Eric Bedard took a no-hitter into the seventh inning; the Seattle Mariners only recorded a single hit for the game…and the Houston Astros still lost 4-2 because the Houston Astros are the Houston Astros.
Is saying “epic fail” still hip with the youths?
With the strange win, the Mariners became just the second team since 1900 to score over 4 runs on 1 or fewer hits (ESPN). The Mariners score twice in the sixth thanks to a sacrifice fly from second baseman Nick Franklin and a passed ball that scored shortstop Brad Miller. The game tied at 2-2, Seattle center fielder Michal Saunders hit a 2-run double in the seventh to give the Mariners the lead.
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter summed up the bizarre loss after the game:
I would say it was the strangest game I’ve been involved from Little League to the big leagues when you give up one hit and punch out 15 guys and end up on the losing side of it. But it’s crystal clear how we ended up on the losing side of it. When you walk (six) guys and all four of their runs that score are via the walk, there’s no defense for it.
Eric Bedard, with the loss, became the eighth pitcher in the Live Ball era to pitch at least six innings of no-hit baseball and still lose. Interestingly, three of the other pitchers have played for the Astros.