First, Edinson Volquez, a guy most would likely call a journeyman pitcher, threw a no-hitter tonight for the Miami Marlins, the eighth team he’s played for in his 13-year career. He struck out the side in the ninth to put a cap on his gem.
Every no-hitter seems to have at least one brilliant fielding play that kept a hit off the books, and this game was no exception. It was made by the Marlins’ second-baseman Dee Gordon in the fourth inning:
Below are the 1st, 100th, 200th and so on until tonights’ 600th.
There have only been nine men to hit 600 home runs. That’s a very exclusive club. It’s led by Bonds, Aaron and Ruth and populated with names like Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa. Three of those guys’ accomplishments were PED-aided, we’re pretty sure, but unless MLB decrees they’re to be scrubbed from the record books, they count.
Oh by the way, a little while after Pujols’ grand slam, catcher Mike Zunino of the Mariners hit one in Seattle. That was the seventh grand slam of the day, breaking the previous record of six, set in 2000.