On June 20, Max Scherzer of the Nationals comes agonizingly close to pitching a perfect game but has to settle for a 6 – 0 no-hitter over the Pirates. With two outs in the 9th, he hits pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch after retiring the first 26 batters in order as Tabata appears to lean into the pitch. Scherzer then retires Josh Harrison on a fly ball to end the game.
In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams’ streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at bat, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston’s 2-1 victory over Washington.
September 24, 1957
Dodger ace Sandy Koufax tosses a four-hitter, blanking St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park, 4-0. The southpaw’s scoreless effort establishes a National League record for shutouts thrown by lefties in a season with 11, five shy of Grover Cleveland Alexander’s major league mark set in 1916 with the Phillies.
September 17, 1963