Nieves finished the game with 128 pitches and five walks, but no runners moved past first base. He was able to stay in the game with an economical latter part of the game, 1-2-3 innings in the sixth, seventh and eighth, plus the first two outs of the ninth when he retired Ken Gerhart on a groundout and Rick Burleson on a lineout.
But Cal Ripken Jr. drew a walk on four pitches to bring up his fellow future Hall of Famer Murray, and he sent a liner to right-center field.
“Games like this, you get pretty excited,” Yount said. “Those things don’t happen very often. You don’t get too many chances to take part in it. I was going to give it every effort not to let it fall. I saw it all the way. I felt like I got a decent jump on it. I chased it and it fell in my glove.”
“Off the bat, I thought it was going to hang a little,” Trebelhorn said. “Then it started to fall. I thought, ‘There (goes) the kid’s no-hitter and shutout as well.’ Robin made a great catch.”
“When he broke, I knew he was going to catch it,” said Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr.
Here are the Complete Game 1 hitters before Nieves No Hitter –
Skip Lockwood (May 30, 1972 and Aug. 1, 1972). Lockwood was a solid pitcher for Milwaukee in the early years, a carryover from the Seattle Pilots who played from 1970 through 1973, with three of those seasons posting ERAs of 3.90 or better. One of the two one-hitters, however, didn’t go the full nine innings, ruled a complete game after six. Lockwood also combined with Ken Sanders on another one-hitter on June 26, 1972.
Jim Colborn (May 9, 1973). Jeff Burroughs hit a home run in the fifth, but otherwise it was a clean outing for Colborn, who permitted just three walks against the Rangers.
Moose Haas (June 29, 1985). Don Mattingly’s double in the seventh spoiled the fun; otherwise Haas just had one walk in the 6-0 win over the Yankees.
Danny Darwin (Aug. 19, 1985). It’s the only complete-game one-hitter with no walks, but Darwin gave up a leadoff homer to Roy Smalley in the fifth, so he doesn’t even get the shutout. He also hit a batter and recorded eight strikeouts in the 4-1 win over Minnesota.
Listen to Voices From The Past on Our Podcast
The Daily Rewind
on Apples Podcast | Spotify | Google | Stitcher
And connect with us wherever else you listen to Podcast and hangout!